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Tony Allen|Secret Agent  (2022 Remaster)

Secret Agent (2022 Remaster)

Tony Allen

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It's no surprise that Tony Allen's new album does nothing to dim his reputation as one of the world's greatest drummers. He's the personification of subtlety, leading from the back and carefully pushing and prodding the music, but doing this so cleverly that half the time people don't even notice he's there. He's certainly a man whose four limbs operate independently, setting up cross- and counter-rhythms that add extra levels of texture and complexity to the music. On Secret Agent, recorded in his native Lagos, he's joined by a number of guests (including five different vocalists), but the core musicians working with him are producer Fixi, who contributes several instruments, and Cameroonian guitarist Claude Dibongue, who works well in this framework. It's largely Afrocentric, and definitely political, in the best tradition of Allen's late employer, Fela Kuti. Allen himself contributes vocals to the opening and closing tracks, showing he's more than a drummer, even if his voice is low-key. That he plays so well is remarkable. That he does it like this when he's almost 70 is amazing.
© Chris Nickson /TiVo

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Secret Agent (2022 Remaster)
00:05:18

Tony Allen, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Orobiyi Adunni, Composer

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

2
Ijo (2022 Remaster)
00:05:10

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Orobiyi Adunni, Composer - Orobiyi Adunni aka AYO, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

3
Switch (2022 Remaster)
00:04:45

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Bola Dumoye, Composer - Bola Dumoye aka Switch, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

4
Celebrate (2022 Remaster)
00:07:50

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - King Odudu, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

5
Ayenlo (2022 Remaster)
00:04:54

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Orobiyi Adunni, Composer - Orobiyi Adunni aka AYO, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

6
Busybody (2022 Remaster)
00:04:31

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Kegee Obareki, Composer - Kefee Obareki, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

7
Pariwo (2022 Remaster)
00:05:51

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - King Odudu, Composer, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

8
Nina Lowo (2022 Remaster)
00:05:41

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Orobiyi Adunni, Composer - Orobiyi Adunni aka AYO, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

9
Atuwaba (2022 Remaster)
00:00:48

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Orobiyi Adunni, Composer - Orobiyi Adunni aka AYO, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

10
Alutere (2022 Remaster)
00:03:41

Tony Allen, Composer, MainArtist - Abiodun Oke, Composer - Abiodun Oke aka Wura Samba, Lyricist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

11
Elewon Po (2022 Remaster)
00:05:41

Tony Allen, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

© 2009 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2022 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

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It's no surprise that Tony Allen's new album does nothing to dim his reputation as one of the world's greatest drummers. He's the personification of subtlety, leading from the back and carefully pushing and prodding the music, but doing this so cleverly that half the time people don't even notice he's there. He's certainly a man whose four limbs operate independently, setting up cross- and counter-rhythms that add extra levels of texture and complexity to the music. On Secret Agent, recorded in his native Lagos, he's joined by a number of guests (including five different vocalists), but the core musicians working with him are producer Fixi, who contributes several instruments, and Cameroonian guitarist Claude Dibongue, who works well in this framework. It's largely Afrocentric, and definitely political, in the best tradition of Allen's late employer, Fela Kuti. Allen himself contributes vocals to the opening and closing tracks, showing he's more than a drummer, even if his voice is low-key. That he plays so well is remarkable. That he does it like this when he's almost 70 is amazing.
© Chris Nickson /TiVo

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