Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra is known for their unique blend of throwback afrobeat crossed with 70s salsa (and like 17 people on stage). Their free live concerts in Brooklyn in the mid 00's were legendary and highly touted here on Soul Strut. Their 2001 debut Liberation Afro Beat Vol. 1 and 2002 follow up Talkatif, didn't quite meet my expectations of what a true Daptone production could sound like. It wasn't until I heard this 12", that the juices started flowing. "Che Che Colé" is a cover of Willie Colón feat. Hector Lavoe's tune off their 1968 Fania release Cosa Nuestra LP (and the labels first big hit). It's recorded in raw 70s salsa style with Antibalas' signature afrotbeat march, commanded by latin singer Mayra Vega. The real treat is the on the flip side with the party starter Makossa mix and it's proceeding stripped down instrumental. Pure afro funk goodness!