Preview: Tony Allen – The Source Album Launch @ Jazz Café (London, 22nd September 2017)


Known for being the man behind the beat in afrobeat, Tony Allen is considered the pioneer and professor of Nigerian drumming.  The maestro of polyrhythms, he can sound like five different drummers playing in unison without even breaking a sweat, “after 45 minutes, I’m just warming up!”

Allen drummed with Fela Kuti in the 1960s and was responsible for the contagious grooves in many of the Africa ‘70 recordings.  After working with Kuti, Allen turned his music in a new electronic direction labelled Afro-funk, and most recently has released a tribute to Art Blakey, one of his most-adored musicians.

He will be releasing his latest album The Source with jazz label Blue Note Records on 8th September.  While, on Friday the 22nd, he will showcase this new material at the Jazz Café as part of Joyful Noise’s London African Music Festival. The record features new compositions from Allen alongside some Blakey tributes and includes collaborations with Damon Albarn and other celebrated musicians.

To see such a legend behind the kit is an honour, and he will expel complex rhythms majestically without seemingly lifting a finger.

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