TONY ALLEN

SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,360 Posts
edited May 1 in Music Talk
Please give your respects to a true Afro beat legend. 





- spidey
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  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,626 Posts
    I'm seeing this too - ☹️

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 7,413 Posts

    Shit. Hope he keeps beating.

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,360 Posts

    Nigerian pioneering drummer Tony Allen, a co-founder of the Afrobeat musical genre, died in Paris on Thursday aged 79, his manager says.

    "We don't know the exact cause of death," Eric Trosset told AFP, adding it was not linked to the coronavirus.

    Allen was the drummer and musical director of musician Fela Kuti's famous band Africa '70 in the 1960-70s.

    Fela, who died in 1997, once said that "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat".

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52497008


    RIP


  • ElectrodeElectrode Los Angeles 2,768 Posts
    That distinctive beat lives on. I saw him play here 2013-14.



    SPlDEY

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    - Spidey

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,360 Posts
    Secret agent vs. Pretty Purdie


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    Duderonomy

  • YemskyYemsky 586 Posts
    A lot of people missed his 2014 contribution to the Unlimited Project, which unfortunately never saw a physical release. The videos are luckily still on YT including this mix where they let the drums roll solo for several minutes before bringing in the rest of the musicians.


    https://youtu.be/jIIj56f8Rl0

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,626 Posts
    A lot of music people have that "Fela" moment in their life - it's one of those things I wish I could re-experience for the first time again. But my point is that Tony Allen is largely responsible for that moment. 
    SPlDEYDuderonomy

  • Yes exactly that - it was a moment like "oh shit, there's another complete language of groove that can move me the same as the old funk I'm obsessed with that I've never heard before". RIP to a guy whose achievements as an individual musician probably can't ever be bettered.
    SPlDEYDuderonomy

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,360 Posts
    His post-Fela recent work is also super impressive! Many older artists are nowhere near as prolific towards the end of their careers. 







    - Gogo


    Duderonomy

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,360 Posts
    Gorillaz – How Far? Ft. Tony Allen & Skepta:

  • JimsterJimster Twilight Zone/ Al Capone/ Rolling Stone/ Eva Perón 6,364 Posts
    Beat makers stand to attention,
    Afrobeat was his invention.

    Srs doe, leaving a legacy. 

  • prof_rockwellprof_rockwell 2,867 Posts
    Randomly was craving some Fela yesterday while in the yard and wife was like “I think his drummer died”. Had no idea, guess The universe was telling me something. 

    In similar news, Manu Dibango died from COVID at the end of March, tried searching but didn’t see any mentions of it. 

  • YemskyYemsky 586 Posts
    In similar news, Manu Dibango died from COVID at the end of March, tried searching but didn’t see any mentions of it. 

    Strut discussion https://community.soulstrut.com/discussion/71054/manu-dibango-rip News: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/24/manu-dibango-dies-coronavirus-cameroon-jazz-funk Obituary: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/24/manu-dibango-obituary


  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 7,413 Posts
    SPlDEY said:
    His post-Fela recent work is also super impressive! Many older artists are nowhere near as prolific towards the end of their careers. 



    - Gogo


    Free DL of just the drums!

    https://soundcloud.com/recordmakers/sebastien-tellier-la-ritournelle-tony-allens-beat-solo-track-free-dl

    SPlDEYklezmer electro-thug beats

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,626 Posts
    Just saw the credits for K Dot's Mortal Man and Fela credited, so there's a good chance the syncopation on this Sounwave beat is Tony Allen:



  • ppadilhappadilha 2,025 Posts
    he made so much dope music the past 15-20 years that just seemed to kind of fly under the radar. I'm big fan of Psycho On Da Bus, and Homecooking has some nice rap experiments on it. The man never stopped expanding on the possibilities of afrobeat.

  • YemskyYemsky 586 Posts
    I still buy almost 100% of my music in physical form but the Unlimited Project album was one of the few in the last decade I downloaded as it does not exist on CD or vinyl. Here’s the “raw” studio version of Tony solo for a few minutes first:

    https://youtu.be/ngxaUjIYX1Y

    I also like some of the I strict Io so stuff you can find of him like this Masterclass from 2016:

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