Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tony Allen: Secret Agent

A.D. Amorosi reviews Tony Allen's Secret Agent
At nearly 70, Tony Allen is one of the few links to Afrobeat's past and its future. He was the drummer and unofficial music director of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 between 1968 and 1979. As if that weren't enough, Allen added intricate percussion to sessions for Manu Dibango and King Sunny Ade. In the 21st century, Allen was a founder of the dub-inspired The Good, The Bad and The Queen with Gorillaz/Blur main man Damon Albarn and Clash bassist Paul Simenon.
As a composer and leader, Allen shines just as brightly.
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