Playlist: Afrobeat No Go Die… A Tony Allen Tribute by Bukky Leo

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Tributes and homages to artists who recently passed away often sound trivial or trite if done by someone who wasn’t directly connected with them. That’s why we always repeat the mantra that we prefer to let the music do the talking and ask fellow musicians, who grew up and/or shared the stage with the late artist to gift us a few words and pick a few songs able to express their memories.

Even if we had the honour to meet and chat with Tony Allen more than once, we still thought that there were only a few people who could thoroughly remember him. It goes without saying that one of them is his long-time friend and stage partner Bukky Leo. The two met in Lagos in the late 1970s and since Fela Kuti’s death in 1997, they came together with Dele Sosimi, Femi & Seun Kuti and only a few others, the true torchbearers of afrobeat.

In November, we had the pleasure of enjoying a one-off show, when Tony Allen, Bukky Leo, Dele Sosimi and Femi Elias spread together the afrobeat word on the Electric Brixton stage. We never had the luck to experience how Lagos sounded in the 1970s, but if it was even half the groove of that night in Brixton, we would bend over backwards to have a time machine and go back in time.

  

This is one of the saddest things I’ve had to do. On the same token it’s incredibly invigorating and justifying to choose these songs. I could have picked 20 songs. The man is a God of Afrobeat. His legacy influenced everybody’s musicality especially that of Fela his one time boss. His funeral happens today, 6th May 2020. He’s simply gone for a rest. His spirit will forever rejoice in righteousness.

(Bukky Leo)

 

Psyco on da Bus (Doctor L & Tony Allen) - Never Satisfied

Psyco on da Bus (2001)
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Tony Allen - Black Voices

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Jealousy

Provided to YouTube by Believe SAS Jealousy · Tony Allen With Africa 70 Progress, Jealousy ℗ Tony allen Released on: 1979-03-04 Author: Tony Allen Composer: Tony Allen Music Publisher: Planet woo Auto-generated by YouTube.
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TONY ALLEN-Kindness

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Tony Allen - Moanin

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Push your mind (Break Beat Remix)

Provided to YouTube by Believe SAS Push your mind (Break Beat Remix) · Doctor L, Tony Allen, Jean Phi Dary, Jeff Kellner, Cesar Anot Psyco on da bus ℗ Fat/Planet Woo/Comet Records Released on: 2004-07-04 Auto-generated by YouTube.
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Tony Allen - Homecooking

00:00 Every Season 04:07 Home Cooking 08:51 Woman to Man 13:38 Calling 18:07 Don't Fight 27:13 Kindness 32:33 Jakelewah 37:30 What's your Fashion 42:39 Crazy Afrobeat 47:33 Eparapo - P&C 2002 PLANETWOO/COMETRECORDS COMET020 2LP/Digital
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Moody Boy

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Moody Boy · Tony Allen The Source ℗ 2017 Decca Records France Released on: 2017-09-08 Associated Performer, Drums: Tony Allen Producer, Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer: Vincent Taurelle Producer, Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer: Bertrand Fresel Producer, Executive Producer: Eric Trosset Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Chab Associated Performer, Double Bass: Mathias Allamane Associated Performer, Piano: Jean Philippe Dary Associated Performer, Guitar: Indy Dibongue Associated Performer, Soprano Saxophone: Yann Jankielewicz Associated Performer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Nicolas Giraud Associated Performer, Tenor Saxophone: Jean-Jacques Elangue Associated Performer, Baritone Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute: Rémi Sciuto Associated Performer, Trombone, Tuba: Daniel Zimmerman Composer: Tony Allen Composer: Yann Jankielewicz Auto-generated by YouTube.
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TONY ALLEN & JEFF MILLS - TOMORROW COMES THE HARVEST

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Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)

Provided to YouTube by World Circuit Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same) · Tony Allen · Hugh Masekela Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same) ℗ 2020 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company Engineer: Guy Davie Flugelhorn: Hugh Masekela Engineer: Jerry Boys Keyboards: Joe Armon Jones Percussion: Lekan Babalola Vibraphone: Lewis Wright Bass: Mutale Chashi Producer: Nick Gold Engineer: Sonny Johns Additional Production: Sonny Johns Bass: Tom Herbert Drums, Percussion: Tony Allen Composer, Writer: Hugh Masekela Composer, Writer: Tony Allen Auto-generated by YouTube.
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