co-founder of Afrobeat

Program: 
Africa-O-Ye!
Air date: 
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Short Description: 
Drummer Tony Allen
Music of the influential Nigerian-born drummer Tony Allen.  Instrumental in forming the foundations of Afrobeat, Allen was drummer & musical director of Fela Kuti's band, Africa 70.  Immersed in his youth with the sounds of traditional Yoruba music, Juju, and Highlife, Allen adaptded these rhythms to the drum kit, with a masterful technique informed by such jazz icons as Max Roach and Art Blakey, and a deep soulful groove.  Today's program will feature Allen's work from the time of his 1979 split with Fela through the present.  host: Andy Hosch

 

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