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Tony Allen

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Tony Oladipo Allen (born in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris. His career and life story have been documented in his 2013 autobiography Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat, co-written with author/musician Michael E. Veal who previously wrote a comprehensive biography of Fela Kuti. As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Allen was one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music. Fela once stated that, "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." He has also been described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived. A self-taught musician, Allen began to play drum-kit at the age of eighteen, while working as an engineer for a Nigerian radio station

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Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2022

Read "Brilliant Corners 2022" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Brilliant Corners 2022 The Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 4-12, 2022 Brilliant Corners is ten. Belfast's onliest jazz festival celebrated the milestone by welcoming audiences back to The Black Box after 2021's virtual edition. When Brilliant Corners was last held here before a live audience, in March 2020, Covid ...

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Article: Profile

Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music

Read "Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music" reviewed by Peter Jones


London-based octet Kokoroko has been led by trumpeter-vocalist Sheila Maurice-Grey since she formed it in 2014 with percussionist Onome Edgeworth. The band's original idea was to update Afrobeat for a 21st century audience, inspired by the likes of Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, and Fela Kuti. It was the extraordinary public reaction to their first release--a single ...

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Article: Live Review

Naissam Jalal - The Quest of the Invisible at Savoy Theater in Helsinki

Read "Naissam Jalal - The Quest of the Invisible at Savoy Theater in Helsinki" reviewed by Anthony Shaw


Naissam Jalal -The Quest of the Invisible Savoy Theater Helsinki, Finland February 22, 2022 Naissam Jalal was everything this audience needed on a very snowy February evening in downtown Helsinki. Not only had the concert already been postponed for two years, but it happened to coincide with the second ...

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Article: Album Review

Kenny Garrett: Sounds From The Ancestors

Read "Sounds From The Ancestors" reviewed by Ian Patterson


On Sounds from the Ancestors, Kenny Garrett's fifth album for Mack Avenue and his first since Do You Dance! (Mack Avenue 2016), the former saxophonist for both Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, turns to the past for inspiration. From the Motown and gospel music he was weaned on as a youth growing up in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Don Cherry, Big Monitors, John Coltrane, Emanuele Passerini

Read "Don Cherry, Big Monitors, John Coltrane, Emanuele Passerini" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


With today's show we focus directly or indirectly on current and past masters of the creative scene, from Don Cherry to John Coltrane and from William Parker to Tony Allen. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Big Monitors “Hunk Pappa Blues / Junk ...

Results for pages tagged "Tony Allen"...

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Gioele Pagliaccia

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Gioele Pagliaccia is a drummer, multi instrumentalist and composer born in Marsciano (Perugia) but raised between Italy, the United States and Santo Domingo. Thanks to his step-dad he started playing percussion at age 8 but switched to drums three years later, teaching himself how to play by obsessively practicing over records by The Police, Primus, Fela Kuti, Slayer and John Coltrane. Around that time he also learned how to play both the acoustic and electric guitars with which he still composes all kinds of music. After moving to the United States with his family in the mid 90’s and receiving his diploma from the Corvallis High School (OR), he lived and played in New York and San Francisco learning the language of jazz

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Article: Album Review

Nubiyan Twist: Freedom Fables

Read "Freedom Fables" reviewed by Chris May


Guitarist Tom Excell's Nubiyan Twist is one of the more substantial groove-based fusion outfits orbiting the perimeter of Britain's alternative jazz world. The band combines soul, funk, modal jazz, hip hop, and West African Afrobeat and highlife in a dancefloor-friendly melange which is a whole lot of fun while also possessing some depth. Based in Leeds ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Rejoice

Label: World Circuit
Released: 2020
Track listing: Robbers, Thugs and Muggers; Agbada Bougou; Coconut Jam; Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same; Slow Bones; Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony); Obama Shuffle Strut Blues; We've Landed.


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