Tony Allen

Tony Oladipo Allen (born in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris. His career and life story have been 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.

As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Allen 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.

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Losun / One Tree / Ole
TES
2007
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Lagos No Shaking
Lagos No Shaking
Honest Jons Records
2006
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Moyege
TES
2006
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I Remember Front Street
I Remember Front...

2005
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Home Cooking
TES
2003
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Eager Hands And...
TES
2002
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