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Tony Allen: Words & Music 2011

Tony Allen in 2017 (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Tony Allen in 2017 (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

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[The great Tony Allen passed away on April 29, 2020 of a heart attack in Paris. - Ed.]

Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen spent over ten years as the music director of Africa 70, the group that backed Nigerian singer Fela Kuti. And, Fela is quoted as saying, "Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." So take a close listen as Tony Allen and his band join me in Studio A.

[Recorded: 4/11/11]