TONY ALLEN

African Fusion / Hard Bop • Nigeria
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Tony Oladipo Allen (12 August 1940 – 30 April 2020) was a Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter who lived and worked in Paris, France. Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa '70 from 1968 to 1979, and 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."

Allen's career and life story were 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.

A self-taught musician born in Lagos, Allen began playing a drum kit at the age of 18, while working as an engineer for a Nigerian radio station. Allen was influenced by music his father listened
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TONY ALLEN Jealousy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jealousy
African Fusion 1975
TONY ALLEN Progress album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progress
African Fusion 1977
TONY ALLEN No Accommodation for Lagos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Accommodation for Lagos
African Fusion 1979
TONY ALLEN Tony Allen And The Afro Messengers : No Discrimination album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tony Allen And The Afro Messengers : No Discrimination
African Fusion 1979
TONY ALLEN N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)
African Fusion 1984
TONY ALLEN Afrobeat Express album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afrobeat Express
African Fusion 1989
TONY ALLEN Black Voices album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Voices
African Fusion 1999
TONY ALLEN HomeCooking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
HomeCooking
African Fusion 2002
TONY ALLEN Lagos No Shaking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lagos No Shaking
African Fusion 2006
TONY ALLEN Secret Agent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Secret Agent
African Fusion 2009
TONY ALLEN Black Voices Revisited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Voices Revisited
African Fusion 2010
TONY ALLEN Film of Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Film of Life
African Fusion 2014
TONY ALLEN The Source album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Source
African Fusion 2017
TONY ALLEN Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela : Rejoice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela : Rejoice
African Fusion 2020

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TONY ALLEN A Tribute to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Tribute to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 2017

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Live
African Fusion 2004

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TONY ALLEN No Accommodation For Lagos / No Discrimination album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Accommodation For Lagos / No Discrimination
African Fusion 1999
TONY ALLEN Jealousy / Progress album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jealousy / Progress
African Fusion 1999
TONY ALLEN Eager Hands And Restless Feet - The Best Of Tony Allen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eager Hands And Restless Feet - The Best Of Tony Allen
African Fusion 2002
TONY ALLEN Afro Disco Beat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afro Disco Beat
African Fusion 2007

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