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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


Article: Album Review

London Afrobeat Collective: Esengo

Read "Esengo" reviewed by Chris May

Back in the day, when Fela Kuti invented Afrobeat--and yes, unlike practically every other music to emerge in the 20th century, Afrobeat was indeed the creation of one person--the music served two functions: to champion the rights and aspirations of post-colonial Black Africans, particularly those at the bottom of the pyramid, and to provide a soundtrack ...


Jazz Is Dead 18

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2023
Track listing: Ebun; Steady Tremble; Oladipo; Don’t Believe The Dancers; Makoko; Lagos; No Beginning; No End.


Article: Album Review

Rami Atassi: Dancing Together

Read "Dancing Together" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The Chicago-based guitarist Rami Atassi went on a south American journey with his wife to explore Mexico and Colombia. Amid the daily background music, he heard different styles and rhythmic foundations than those he was used to and took percussion lessons locally. All this later began seeping into his solo work. A Syrian-American, Atassi ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Elio Villafranca, Azmari, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & More

Read "Elio Villafranca, Azmari, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Seven days have flown by, and seven days were barely enough to go through another big pile of wonderful new and upcoming albums which we are featuring this week focusing on some captivating and forward looking projects, and several new albums that bring together jazz and the musical traditions of Cuba and Puerto Rico.Happy ...


Article: Live Review

Flow Festival 2023

Read "Flow Festival 2023" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Flow Festival Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland August 11-13, 2023 The stark quantity and sheer quality of improvised and instrumental music on offer at Finland's Flow Festival only starts to make sense when you dig into its roots. Once loudly crowned by Vogue as “the Nordics countries' coolest festival"--a fact the event's ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Jones, Terell Stafford & The Hot Toddies Jazz Band

Read "Mike Jones, Terell Stafford & The Hot Toddies Jazz Band" reviewed by Joe Dimino

With “Kansas City" from NYC's The Hot Toddies Jazz Band, we swing into the 815th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from their debut album. This hour of music highlights modern jazz that's brimming on the radio charts. We hear from singers Douyé, Olivia Van Goor and Matt Catingub, plus a strong dose of instrumental jazz ...


Song of the Day

Don't Believe the Dancers

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2023
Duration: 02:56


Article: Album Review

Tony Allen: Jazz Is Dead 18

Read "Jazz Is Dead 18" reviewed by Chris May

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Jazz Is Dead continues its mission “to exalt the legacies of iconic musicians who have shaped the fabric of jazz across generations, genres and continents." The label's summer 2023 album features the late great Tony Allen. Jazz Is Dead 18 presents the Nigerian jazz and Afrobeat drum legend, who passed ...


Article: Live Review

Dele Sosimi & Friends At Ronnie Scott's Club

Read "Dele Sosimi & Friends At Ronnie Scott's Club" reviewed by Chris May

Dele Sosimi & Friends Ronnie Scott's Club London June 11, 2023 Born in London but brought up in Lagos, keyboard player Dele Sosimi was a child prodigy who joined Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 the moment he left secondary school in 1979. Sosimi had by that time been rehearsing with Egypt ...


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