ALBINO! | Live In San Francisco

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Live In San Francisco


An explosive live set from the West coast's premiere Afrobeat act; their brand of West African funk oozes with hypnotic percussion, an enormous horn section, churning guitars, and rousing protest messages in the tradition of Fela Kuti.
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1. No Go Sell
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2. Deconstruction
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3. Are We Safe Yet?
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4. Feel Alright
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5. Puppet Boy
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Album Notes
The SF Music Award-winning ALBINO! is a 10-piece Afrobeat ensemble that honors the fiery legacy of Nigerian musical revolutionary Fela Kuti. ALBINO's high-energy grooves and explosive stage show thick with hypnotic percussion, a heavy horn section, African dance, outrageous costumes, and infectious group choreography have firmly established the band as the West Coast's premier Afrobeat act.

Live in San Francisco was recorded in July of 2006 during ALBINO’s performance at the Second Annual Afrofunk Festival. “We were amazed by how well the ecstatic energy of ALBINO’s live set was captured in this recording so we knew we had to release it as soon as we heard it,” says the band’s co-founder and tenor saxophonist Nathan Endsley.

According to the SF Weekly, "ALBINO's ass-inspiriting percussive engine comes from a rhythm section of local all-stars; together, they form rhythms based in the West African tradition which holds at its heart the inseparable union of drumming and dance. Atop the band's rhythmic maelstrom ride tightly figured five-part horn lines. The section's 'heavy heavy' bottom end features a snarling dual baritone-sax yawp. This is world music that lives up to the name."

In keeping with the revolutionary message central to Fela’s Afrobeat legacy, the majority of songs on Live in San Francisco offer scathing sociopolitical commentary and urgent calls to civic action. For example, “Deconstruction of the Transitional Movement” confronts the erosion of American civil liberties in the name of national security. “Are We Safe Yet?” questions our current administration’s misdirected military aggression in Iraq and its perpetuation of a culture of fear in the name of counter-terrorism. Furthermore, “No Go Sell Me” is a tirade against consumer culture and the advertising industry’s pollution of the media. Finally, “Puppet Boy” skewers a certain incompetent, fraudulently elected Chief Executive by pulling back the curtain to expose the ominous forces Roving behind this figurehead.


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forget Antibalas!
If you need funk, afro, go-go and latin...Albino! is the right choice, excellent musicians with a soulful feeling and a perfect musical groove. Music is the message and Albino! is the messenger.

Sean Switzer

The West Coast represents Afrobeat!
Came across this ALBINO! CD when I was buying an Antibalas album.
Very impressed. Im suprised they dont have a studio album out? But proof is in the pudding and it is definitely there in this live recording!
Glad to know that the west coast is carrying of the afrobeat tradition with it's own flavor.

Erik Gleiber

Saw these guys live at their cd release show!
Pretty epic as far as live shows go. Saw them at the Great American music hall in sf. First time seeing albino and my first time at this venue. Worth every penny. The kicker is that their new studio album "Rhino" is sick. Reminds me of the Daktari's soul explosion. The bummer is that its not readily available in stores. I got mine at their show but I think you can get it on their website as well. They get my vote.

eladio from kokolo

funkalicious and outstanding
wow this music elevates your endorphines and adrenaline to levels of euforia and social consciousness beyond compare!! big thumbs up to albino and their cast of talented brothers and sisters..keep up fantastic work..

frank schnepel

geilste afrobeat power
hi, liebe afrobeat-fans,
das ist ja mal wieder einer der geilsten afrobeat scheiben die ich in meinen händen halte-und das alles auch noch live.
da kommt es einen mal wieder hoch, fela in den frühen 70ern. absolutes feeling, coole vocals-stimmenlage, perfektes zusammenspiel aller beteiligten. oh, man, einfach genial, was es auf unseren planeten gibt. für den fan, der fela und was folgt liebt, und selbst die hände an die congas verschmelzen läßt, ein MUSS, einfach IRRE. die band möchte ich LIVE in deutschland erleben. ~~v~~ anka