Last month I was invited to join and capture a short yet intimate interview moment, as Philippe Coicou and Bernard Dobbeleer had set up a meeting with Tony Allen, one of the world’s finest drummers, and ambassador of afrobeat music.
Due to technicalities both and sound and light are quite off on this video, I’ll take the blame on that, but don’t let it stop you from listening to Tony Allen’s wise words, speaking about producers sampling his drums, using his music ‘upside-down’, drummers looking for ‘the one’, the current revival of afrobeat, his collaborations with other musicians and bands, etc.
Loving the vibe in this one, tune in, for A Talk With Tony:
“Tony Oladipo Allen (born August 12, 1940 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris.
As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Tony 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.” (source)