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Coming Up: Tony Allen
One of the founding fathers of Afrobeat, Tony Allen's style has influenced generations of musicians over the past 50 years. An original member of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 and the inventor of the distinctive Afrobeat drum rhythm, he went on to collaborate with artists from King Sunny Adé to Damon Albarn. Allen has continued to be a true innovator with his own music, drawing on electronics, dub, R&B and rap in a synthesis he refers to as ‘Afrofunk’.
With his most recent album, The Source, he brings together a rich, complex sound that 'straddles jazz and Afrobeat in an elegant push-and-pull' (Pitchfork).
As beats land in unexpected places, their loose-skinned thump resonates with a polyrhythmic thrust rooted in Africa, but tempered by American jazz.
- The Financial Times
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