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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…

Sep 4, 2014

Tony Allen: Afrobeat Innovator

Tony Allen, who along with vocalist/activist Fela Kuti created one of groove music’s most glorious subgenres, Afrobeat, deserves a place on the list of the greatest funk drummers of all time. For more than forty years he has been honing…

Oct 18, 2011

Daniel Bédard of Sharcüt

Hi, drummers! My name is Daniel Bédard, and I’m a drummer from Montreal. I’ve been drumming now for around sixteen years, and I’ve played with a lot of different artists here in Québec. I’m writing to talk to you about…

Jun 29, 2011

Tony Allen: Afrobeat Legend

As the most important drummer in African music, Tony Allen provided the Afrobeat pulse for Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70s band and recorded a clutch of solo albums (Jealousy, Progress, Lagos No Shaking). Currently Allen works for UK supergroup The Good,…

Sep 19, 2007

Tony Allen

Providing the rhythms for African music icon Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has had a double-edged effect on Nigerian drummer Tony Allen's reputation. His work is ubiquitous, but his name recognition is negligible. Allen played with Fela's Afrika 70 orchestra for fifteen years,…

May 12, 2004