Mar 1, 2009

TONY ALLEN. The Godfather of Afro Beat

Nigerian bandleader Tony Allen is coming to town. Known best by many as the former drummer and music director of the late Fela Kuti's band, Africa 70 from 1968 until 1979 and Egypt 80 organization.Tony Allen is regarded as the co creator of the Afro-beat sound, pioneering the unique beat and vibe of music which combines polyrhythmic influences of Africa with the breakbeats and extended jams of the American funk and R&B which reached Nigeria in the late 60s and early 70s. Afrobeat music has since re-influenced western dance music in fusion genres like broken beat and future jazz, as in the music of Bugz in the Attic. Allen as well refused to remain stagnant, incorporating dub and avant-garde hip-hop influences into his modern African dance music.

Niche Productions Presents, for the first time in Australia…Tony Allen
Friday 13th March - The Forum, Sydney

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