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Tony Allen: Secret Agent

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Per quanto già prevedibile nei suoi contenuti, non c'è niente da fare: ogni nuovo lavoro della macchina da ritmo dell'Afrobeat per eccellenza [15 anni dietro i tamburi di Fela Kuti, che senza di lui sosteneva non esistesse nemmeno l'Afrobeat, sono un lasciapassare per l'eternità], Tony Allen, è un gran bel sentire!

L'ultimo, registrato a Lagos e che sancisce il debutto per la World Circuit, si chiama Secret Agent e coinvolge musicisti e ospiti di diversa provenienza, ma le parti vocali vengono affidate a artisti nigeriani come Ayo, l'ottimo King Odudu, Switch, Kefeo Obareki o Wura Samba, oltre che allo stesso Allen nella title-track d'apertura e nella conclusiva "Elewon Po".

Come sempre ai ritmi irresistibili dell'Afrobeat sono associati testi di differente intensità, a volte politici, altre volte di matrice tradizionale, altre ancora più direttamente esortativi alla danza e alla musica, ma l'esito è sempre di grande consapevolezza espressiva, con le chitarre [del camerunense Claude Dibongue] e le tastiere a punteggiare gli accenti e i fiati a disegnare le curve su cui rotolare il canto.

Un disco per l'estate? Eccovi serviti!

Track Listing: 01. Secret Agent; 02 Ljo; 03. Switch; 04. Celebrate; 05. Ayenlo; 06. Busybody; 07. Pariwo; 08. Nina Lowo; 09. Atuwaba; 10. Alutere; 11. Elewon Po.

Title: Secret Agent | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Curly Music Productions

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