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Tony Allen

Tony Oladipo Allen (born 1940 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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Genres afrobeat funk electronic future jazz jazz

Albums

  1. Jealousy
    1975
  2. No Discrimination
    1979
  3. No Accommodation for Lagos / No Discrimination
    1999
  4. Black Voices
    1999
  5. Home Cooking
    2002
  6. Lagos No Shaking
    2006
  7. Secret Agent
    2009
  8. Inspiration Information, Volume 4
    2009
  9. Black Voices Re-Visited
    2010
  10. The Source
    2017

Other releases

  1. Progress
    2000
  2. Live
    2004
  3. Eager Hands and Restless Feet: The Best Of
    2006
  4. Kilode
    2007
  5. Afro Disco Beat
    2007
  6. Disco Afro Reedit Series
    2016
  7. Moanin'
    2017
  8. Yere Faga (Remixes)
    2017