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May 1, 2015 The cruelest month was pretty easy on our ears, with new music from Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and Ricardo Villalobos, Detroit underground stars past and present, and funky house from the U.K.
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African drumming legend Tony Allen appears on World Cafe.
October 27, 2010 Recognized as one of the most influential drummers of our day and the heartbeat of Afrobeat, Allen incorporated his innovative bass drum patterns in the music of Fela Kuti's revered band Africa '70. The 70-year-old musical giant continues to make music today.
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Tony Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979.
June 21, 2010 Afrobeat has proven to be the most durable and appealing fusion of African and American pop styles -- in spite of the death of Afrobeat's creator, Fela Kuti. Critic Milo Miles talks about how some smart, determined Afrobeat inheritors both sustain and build upon the style's foundations.
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Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen's latest album is titled Secret Agent.
May 14, 2010 The Nigerian singer-percussionist only started playing the drums at 18, but after teaming up with a jazz radio host named Fela Kuti, he practically invented a new genre of music: Afrobeat. Almost four decades later, Allen is still making Afrobeat music.
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April 27, 2010 Twenty years after The Apples in Stereo first formed, the band is back with its best album yet.You can hear the first single from the album on this edition of All Songs Considered.
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September 12, 2006 Tony Allen has operated at the heart of Afrobeat's cosmopolitan renewal, collaborating with A-list electronica and hip-hop producers. Now, on his own, he boils Afrobeat down to its polyrhythmic roots on "Moyege."
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