Tony Allen got me dancing
May 1, 2020 3:42 AM Subscribe
Tony Oladipo Allen, self-taught drummer of legend, has passed away in Paris. His meteoric path - from the creation of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, to the distillation of Afrofunk with King Sunny Adé, Manu Dibango and Ray Lema, up to his myriad later collaborations with the likes of Susheela Raman, Sebastien Tellier, Air, Damon Albarn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jarvis Cocker, Flavia Coelho, Jimi Tenor, Zap Mama, Flea, Oumou Sangaré and Jeff Mills - was that, in the words of Brian Eno, of "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived." Here's an hour of interview and excerpts with Allen, from Raymond Dumas' documentary "Legends of Afrobeat": Tony Allen (Paris).
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