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Monday, June 6, 2022

Tony Allen: Afro-Beat










And....we're back and sorry for the radio silence Lol. I was out of town, recording with some friends all last week and unfortunately discovered the hard way that Google's Blogger isn't actually compatible with my iPad mini (!)

Anyhow, today's offering is a trio of unique clips featuring the influential style of the great Afro-Beat drumming legend Tony Allen, a drummer that Brian Eno once called "perhaps the greatest drummer ever" and "probably the most important musician of the last 50 years".

I think the following videos are amazing and recently discovered them while studying Tony Allen's drumming style in preparation for last Spring's Decidedly Jazz Danceworks production of Family of Jazz.

Please enjoy.



 

And here's a couple of bonuses:

• A 2007 article, interview and drum lesson with Allen from The Guardian Hit Me With Your Rhythm Shtick 

• And finally an epic percussion duet featuring Tony Allen and Ginger Baker from Fela Kuti's iconic album LIVE! (1978):










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