Watch New Video from Afrobeat Legend Tony Allen

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Multi-culti pal Damon Albarn checks in as well…

Drummer and bandleader Tony Allen just dropped a new video for the single “Go Back” featuring Damon Albarn. It’s an homage to refugees on Lampedusa Island and will be on the album Film of Life from Jazz Village on October 14. Check it out:

The details: For his tenth album, the human metronome of Afrobeat has pulled out all the stops. At his side are the trio of producers The Jazzbastards and fellow world-class musicians, including Albarn, who continues to build pioneering bridges between Africa and today’s music scene. On Film of Life, Tony Allen has given us a true self-portrait, an overview of his rich and exemplary career that brings together bebop, Afrobeat, jazz and psychedelic pop. As Fela Kuti has claimed, “Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” For the wizard of Lagos, who has always thought of his drums “as an orchestra” and who likes “to make them sing”, Film of Life marks the pinnacle of his achievement. Allen, “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived” (Brian Eno), wraps up an 8-city tour with the Chicago Afrobeat Project this week, featured in Modern Drummer, Okay Africa and more. The remaining concerts are Thursday, September 11 at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY and Friday, September 12 at Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA.





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