Antibalas will release in June its first album since its members took on the role of house band for the musical "Fela!" that is currently touring the country.
Daptone Records, the independent label based in Brooklyn, will release the album as the "Fela!" road tour is at the end of its first leg. The musical runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 22 at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles before heading to Detroit (Feb. 14-March 4), Philadelphia (March 20-25), Chicago (March 27-April 8), Houston (June 5-10) and St. Paul, Minn. (June 12-17).
"It will be interesting to see what happens after all the hype for the musical and putting up this new record," says Antibalas leader and trombonist Aaron Johnson, who has been the musical director of "Fela!" since it was in the workshop stage six years ago.