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Afrobeat legend Tony Allen on the political power of music

Posted On: 11 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: Huck Mag

When Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela went into the studio together in London a decade ago, they had no idea it would take all this time for the fruits of their labours to see the light of day. Sadly Masekela, the South African father of jazz, died in 2018, but Allen has persevered and Rejoice is finally with us. A celebratory album of great verve, it is a fine tribute to Masekela and another gem in Allen's long, collaborative discography.
It's no exaggeration to say that the Nigerian drummer is one of the most influential musicians alive; the progenitor of Afrobeat with Fela Kuta and, in the words of Brian Eno, “perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived”. Born in 1940 in Lagos, the indomitable musician is looking forward to celebrations for his 80th birthday later this year with gigs, guests and surprises planned throughout 2020. In recent times, Allen has enjoyed a renaissance as an in-demand sticksman for bands like The Good, The Bad and the Queen, as well as a disparate list of artists like Jimi Tenor and...

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