SHOW REVIEW: Antibalas + Zap Mama in NYC
The always phenomenal Antibalas played a hometown show at Highline Ballroom last week. They have been supporting Belgian “Afro-Pop” artist, Zap Mama on a nationwide tour.
As I entered things got going immediately. Zap Mama brought a snappy, fun, and witty attitude. Her banter and interaction with the audience was entertainment on its own. She was a killer beat-boxer too.
About three songs in, Antibalas’ front man Amayo took the stage for ‘Dirty Money.” The energy picked up, and things became 100% afro-beat. Amayo introduced a new track “Hook & Crook” (hope I heard things properly). The sound was bombastic and got everyone moving.
Strong smells of tequila and weed filled the room – It was a party.
Zap Mama returned on stage and a the whole room had fun with a “Somebody’s watching me” cover.
If you want an amazing night out with middle aged people you hope to be when you’re older, amazing sound, and great vibes – Don’t miss this tour.