Hearts of Darkness
Kansas City's Hearts of Darkness plays Afrobeat music in the style of Femi Kuti and Antibalas with 12-plus members driving the rhythms and leading the chants. Initially formed primarily as a Kuti cover band, the group's repertoire has since expanded to include original numbers. Featuring the horn section of KC's Dirty Force Brass Knuckle Street Band and percussionists who actually studied in West Africa, Hearts of Darkness is led by singers Laura Frank and Les Izmore and the spirit of the groove. It's the next-best thing to being at the source.