Fela Kuti’s “Zombie“ album was a political firebomb driven by his distaste for the Nigerian government. The simmering rhythms, jazzy funky horns and Fela’s chants validated and incited the people at once even causing a riot in Ghana which got him banned from the country. His Afrobeat style ofContinue Reading

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Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who created the Afrobeat genre with Fela Kuti died in Paris at the age of 79 on Thursday. The cause of death was an aortic aneurysm.¬†Allen was Kuti’s drummer and musical director from 1968 to 1979 for the Africa ’70 band. The artists had played togetherContinue Reading

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[youtube id=”8-hMkHkoFrU”] Tony Allen’s visual for “Go Back” featuring Damon Albarn is a tribute to the African refugees who have been on the Italian island of Lampedusa since 2011’s revolutions in northern Africa. Film Of Life comes out in October. Related posts: Tony Allen-Go Back Feat. Damon Albarn Tony AllenContinue Reading

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[youtube id=”YhWohF5efGA”] Tony Allen speaks on his 10th album, Film Of Life in this video introduction to the project. There are scenes of the band at work, including Damon Albarn. Film Of Life will be released in October. Related posts: Happy Birthday Fela! Tony Allen-Go Back Feat. Damon Albarn TonyContinue Reading

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