Thursday 30 April 2020

Tony Allen

Wakeful, and heard the news about Tony Allen's death. Pioneer of the Afrobeat sound, and surely one of the most joyous, uplifting drummers of all time. The last hour or two have been spent hurtling giddily through YouTube, reminding myself of some classics and making new discoveries. Here are some of the results. (Please feel free to comment or get in touch on Twitter with any recommended tracks or albums.)



'Wolf Eats Wolf' (from 'The Source')

'Afrodisco Beat' (from 'Progress')

'Herculean' (from The Good, The Bad and The Queen: 'The Good, The Bad and The Queen')

'Stalemate' (from Fela Kuti: 'Stalemate')

'Cella's Walk' (from 'Inspiration Information', with Jimi Tenor)

'Boat Journey' (from 'Film of Life')

'Losun' (from 'Lagos No Shaking')

'Sounding Line 1' (from Moritz Von Oswald Trio: 'Sounding Lines')

'Politely' (from 'A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers')

'The Same Blood' (from 'Black Voices')

'Roforofo Fight' (from Fela Kuti: 'Roforofo Fight')

'Obama Shuffle Street Blues' (from 'Rejoice', with Hugh Masekela)

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