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Tony Allen

A pioneer of afrobeat and named as "perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived" by Brian Eno, Tony Allen is one of the greats. With his origins in the Nigerian and Ghanaian scenes, Allen began his musical career at just 18 as a radio technician. In 1964, he began to play with Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The duo moved from jazz to afrobeat and groove, their experimentation culminating in an American tour in 1969 during the period when the African-American community was left reeling from the assassination of Martin Luther King. In 1978 he took part in the recordings of Jealousy Progress, No Accomodation for Lagos and No Discrimination alongside Fela Kuti&Africa, before branching out on his own the following year. In Europe he worked with Ray Lema, Roy Ayers and, most notably, with Manu Dibango, on Wakafrika in 1994. In 2000 he released Black Voices, where he fused afrobeat, rock, funk and hip-hop, with the help of bassist César Anot, guitarist Sébastien Martel and percussionist Liam Farrell aka Doctor L. He collaborated with the latter again in 2003 on Home Cooking, which united dub, funk and elements of electronica. The following year he played drums on the majority of Sébastien Tellier's album Politics before returning to his roots with Lagos No Shaking, recorded in his native Nigeria. In 2006 he joined Damon Albarn, Simon Tong and Paul Simonon to form The Good, The Bad and The Queen. His later collaborations have also included working with Jimi Tenor on Inspiration Information, vol. 4 and Rockin Squat on They Don't Know from the album Confessions d'un enfant du siècle, vol 3. In 2012 he once again teamed up with Damon Albarn as well as Flea under the guise of Rocket Juice and The Moon, blending the sounds of funk and afrobeat. Read more

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