Tony Oladipo Allen was born July 20, 1940 in Lagos, and over the next 79 years he would change the sound of drumming forever. While primarily known for the 15 years he spent as drummer and band leader with Fela Kuti, Tony Allen had a whole second career post-Fela. He not only released his own albums encompassing jazz, afrobeat, and electronica — he also collaborated with musicians ranging from Brazil’s Meta Meta to Jamaica’s Ernest Ranglin to American Jeff Mills to South Africa’s Hugh Masekela… and many more.
Tony Allen died in Paris, his home for many years, April 30 at age 79. This show is a remembrance and appreciation of his life and work. Helping put his music into context is Michael Veal, professor of ethnomusicology at Yale, leader of the Aqua Ife Big Band, and author of books including Fela: The Life And Times Of An African Musical Icon and Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat.
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Fela Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Ojo – Unreleased VOA Recordings
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos – Ololufe – Highlife: Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)
Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos – Bonfo – Highlife: Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)
Fela Kuti – Ako – The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions
Fela Kuti – Obe (Stew) – The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions
Fela Kuti & the Africa 70 – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop & Quench) – Afrodisiac
Fela Ransome Kuti & the Africa ’70 – Shakara Oloje – Lady Shakara
Tony Allen & Africa 70 – Jealousy – Progress, Jealousy
Tony Allen & Africa 70 – No Discrimination – No Accommodation for Lagos – No Discrimination
Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 – N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always) – N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)
Tony Allen – Get Together – Black Voices
Ernest Ranglin – Many Roots – Modern Answers To Old Problems
Tony Allen – Night In Tunisia – A Tribute To Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra – Bade Zile – Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra
Oumou Sangaré – Fadjamou – Mogoya
Tony Allen & Jeff Mills – On the Run – Tomorrow Comes the Harvest
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Jubulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony) – Rejoice