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6 April 2020
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By Tony Allen
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Playlist by Tony Allen
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Tony Allen’s commitment is above all to the revolutionary sound tinged with West African rhythms, funk and jazz: the afrobeat sound, which he helped creating alongside the legendary Fela Kuti. In the 70’s Nigeria, in the midst of an unstable political climate, their music denounced politician’s corruption and their control over the country’s wealth while a part of the population was living in poverty.

The drummer and genius rhythmist has always been combative. In his playlist for AuxSons, he pays tribute to the great Manu Dibango and offers a glimpse of his album “Rejoice” with Hugh Masekela, released on March the 20th, 2020.

Tony Allen offers us an opportunity of rejoicing with his 10 tracks of the moment!

Tony Allen

Tony Allen
Tony Allen
Tony Allen
Tony Allen

 

Born in 1940 in Lagos, the drummer Tony Oladipo Allen is an Afrobeat icon, a movement he helped creating alongside Fela Kuti. Allen cut his teeth listening to and playing jazz in the clubs of Lagos. He made the acquaintance of Fela Kut, whom he would accompany for the next 15 years – first as part of Fela’s Koola Lobitos, and later as part of Africa 70, for which they developed a new musical language, fusing Ghanaian highlife, American funk and jazz into what would later be dubbed Afrobeat. Tony Allen has since released numerous solo albums and remains a prodigiously engaged and much in-demand musician, having created innumerable, groove-heavy coalitions with an astonishingly diverse retinue of collaborators that include Damon Albarn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastian Tellier, Grace Jones, Oumou Sangaré, Jeff Mills or more recently Hugh Masekela on the posthumous album Rejoice, released on March the 20th, 2020.

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