AFROBEAT created by TONY ALLEN // afrobeat | mixtape
Tony Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of the continent’s most influential musicians. His playing draws on four different styles – highlife, soul/funk, jazz and traditional Nigerian drumming. A unique and mighty sound. Together with Fela Kuti (with whom he played for 15 years) Allen co-created Afrobeat - the hard driving, horns rich, funk-infused, politically insurrectionary style which became such a dominant force in African music and such an influence worldwide.
Tony Allen’s latest release ‘Secret Agent’, is a majestic slice of hardcore roots Afrobeat, and is Allen's debut for World Circuit, his first release since he became a founder member of The Good The Bad and The Queen (alongside Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong). his recent work has included also the collaboration with Finnish maverick Jimi Tenor for Strut's Inspiration Information series. Afrobeat is currently enjoying an upsurge of interest and for fans of hip-hop, funk and jazz, Allen, holder of the Afrobeat flame, is today revered as its seminal living figure. | PRESS*PLAY>>