The political message of Afrobeat can be described as confrontational and controversial.
Interview with Nathan Endsley of Albino. We discuss the story behind their song "Jin Gbongwa"; playing four hours straight at the Femi Kuti after party; the origins of Albino; co-founders Bruce Buchanan and Mark Edwards, Antibalas; The Daktaris' Soul Explosion album; Antibalas; Wazobia; Garage Mahal; Succession; Albino's first show; band members Michael Bello, Jonathan Hoops, Charlie Wilson, Ashley Devonne, Gavin Hoops, Michael Pinkham, Kevin Blair, Bob Crawford, Cal Reichenbach, Jacob Groopman and Kim Agnew; the influences of Sun Ra; The Mutaytor; Michael Franti's Spearhead; touring in the kind of tour bus that appears in the movie Almost Famous; the story behind "Are We Safe Yet?"; singing songs in the shower; the Patriot Act; Karl Rove; Condoleezza Rice; sidestepping civil liberties; the politcal message behind Albino and Afrobeat; Fela Kuti standing up to the Nigerian government; why Afrobeat is relevant today; Tony Allen; why he thinks Afrobeat has had a ressurgence of popularity; upcoming Albino performances; winning the 2005 SF Music Awards as best world music band.
Featured songs are "Jin Gbongwa", "Are We Safe Yet?" and "Teach A Man To Fish".
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