The Magic of the Groove
March 20, 2015 6:07 AM   Subscribe

"Without Tony Allen [drumming], there would have been no Afrobeat 1" - Fela Kuti 2 3
posted by ChuraChura (5 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Such serendipity. This Tony Allen groove tutorial came up in my Recommended Videos feed on Youtube this morning.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:02 AM on March 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Tony Allen and Fela were both musical monsters to be sure, but Fela and Afrobeat have become the cliche of the continent's music. There is an upwelling of American bands playing "Afrobeat" but just doing Fela imitations. Probably not a bd thing, but where are all the Tabu Ley Rochereau imitators?

The music of Africa over the past 50 years has been incredibly diverse yet cohesive body of music, at least as rich and inspiring as rock of the 1950s and 60s. Here's hoping Fela is just a starting point.
posted by argybarg at 7:26 AM on March 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

Good points, argybarg, but I don't think that changes the fact that Tony Allen is a pretty badass drummer!
posted by ChuraChura at 8:16 AM on March 20, 2015 [3 favorites]

The solo in that second 'drumming' link is just epic...
posted by twsf at 11:02 AM on March 20, 2015

Tony Allen is great - thanks for these links!

Crazy Afrobeat
(not his most amazing drumming session, just a smooth smooth groove)
posted by jammy at 11:08 AM on March 20, 2015

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