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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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Discography

A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

A Tribute to Art...

Blue Note Records
2017

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The Source

The Source

Blue Note Records
2017

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Secret Agent

Curly Music Productions
2009

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Lagos No Shaking

Lagos No Shaking

Honest Jons Records
2006

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