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The Essex singer Dodie. Her debut full-length, Build A Problem, tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on May 7. Parri Thomas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 7

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Jazz Night In America's 2020 In Memoriam program includes Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, CÃ ndido Camero, Tony Allen, Annie Ross, Freddy Cole, Gary Peacock, Henry Grimes, Wallace Roney and McCoy Tyner. Bernard Benant, Jonathan Chimene/WBGO, David Kaufman, Tom Pich hide caption

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In Memoriam: Jazz Night Radio Remembers 10 Musicians Who Altered The Shape Of Jazz

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Drummer Tony Allen, performing at the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2010. Allen died Thursday at age 79. Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tony Allen, Afrobeat's Foundational Drummer, Has Died At Age 79

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012nd Chance (feat. Tony Allen)

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    2nd Chance (feat. Tony Allen)
    Album
    Afro EP
    Artist
    Cerrone
    Label
    Malligator
    Released
    2016

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All Songs: Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April

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Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen's latest album is titled Secret Agent. Bernard Benant hide caption

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Afrobeat Legend Tony Allen Unleashes A 'Secret Agent'

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African drumming legend Tony Allen appears on World Cafe. Rama hide caption

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Tony Allen On World Cafe

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Tony Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979. Bernard Benant hide caption

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The Apples In Stereo, Caribou, Dr. Dog And More

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