Afrobeat Master Tony Allen on Tour in the United States

Afrobeat Master Tony Allen on Tour in the United States


Drummer Tony Allen, who anchored Fela Kuti’s legendary band Africa ’70 and was voted by Modern Drummer readers number forty-nine on MD’s list of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time, is currently in the States on a brief club/theater tour with the Chicago Afrobeat Project. During the tour (remaining dates below), Allen will lead three special workshops/master classes, in York, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, September 9; in New York City on Wednesday, September 10; and in Ithaca, New York on Thursday, September 11. (Note: The New York City workshop is not open to the public.)

The workshops will feature a biographical sketch of Allen, along with his early influences; a history of the Afrobeat style, including how highlife music evolved into Afrobeat; clave patterns in blues, funk, Latin music, hip-hop, and Afrobeat; an overview of Afrobeat; and Allen at the drumset demonstrating his unique artistry.

Afrobeat Master Tony Allen on Tour in the United StatesAllen’s tour dates and workshop schedule:

9/5: Grand Rapids, MI
Show @ Pyramid Scheme

9/6: Pittsburgh, PA
Show @ Rex Theater

9/9: York, PA
Public workshop @ York College of PA, 3:30 P.M.
Show @ York College of PA

9/10: New York City
Private workshop @ Hunter College, 1 P.M.
Show @ S.O.B.’s

9/11: Ithaca, NY
Public panel and workshop @ Cornell University, 6 P.M.
Show @ the Haunt

9/12: Boston, MA
Show @ Johnny D’s


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