Tony Allen

Tony Allen

Tony Oladipo Allen is a Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris. He is currently writing his autobiography "Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat" with author/musician Michael E. Veal, who has previously written a comprehensive biography of Fela Kuti. 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.
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Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey
NPR - 8 months
Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."
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Pop: Drummer Tony Allen, Blending Art Blakey and Afrobeat
NYTimes - 8 months
Mr. Allen will be bending the music of Blakey, who was also a drummer, into a grooving Afrobeat sound at Le Poisson Rouge.
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Kobe chronicles: Tony Allen remembers nightmare rookie game against Bryant
LATimes - almost 2 years
As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, The Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career. Tony Allen’s performance wasn’t nearly as awful as he remembers, but the veteran forward, now with the Memphis Grizzlies, says it...
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Songs We Love: Cerrone, '2nd Chance (feat. Tony Allen)'
NPR - about 2 years
The great Eurodisco architect unites with Afrobeat's bedrock drummer to effortlessly funk you up.
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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April
NPR - almost 3 years
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. » E-Mail This
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Songlines world music awards honor Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen
Reuters.com - almost 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist and Ibibio Sound Machine picked as Best Newcomers.
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Scoring Isn't Everything: The Best NBA Players With Less Than 15 PPG
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
This year's All-Star Game was a blast, continuing the high-scoring trend we've seen lately in these yearly exhibitions. Russell Westbrook's great performance helped the West to a win, and a new record was set for combined points in an All-Star Game, 321 total points. It's hard to blame the players for not playing too much defense, playing too hard is how you end up with needless injuries, like Kobe Bryant's broken nose courtesy of Dwyane Wade in the 2012 All-Star Game. Fans vote in players they love to see put the ball in the basket, and it'd be silly to deny them that right. Only two players playing in this year's game have averaged less than 15 points per game this year, one being Tim Duncan of the Spurs, who scored 14.5, a reflection of how few minutes he plays rather than eroding skills. The other is Kyle Korver of the Hawks, the three-point specialist in the middle of a historic season-long hot streak. I in no way blame anyone for voting these high-scorers to the game, I believe i...
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Grizzlies owner challenges Tony Allen
Fox News - over 4 years
Young billionaire Robert Pera is calling out one of his...
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Clippers Cruise To Game 1 Win
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers played above the rim, not enough to live up to their Lob City moniker but enough to beat Memphis at its own rebounding game. Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe had 15 and the Clippers dominated the boards in a 112-91 victory over the Grizzlies in their Western Conference playoff opener on Saturday. Chauncey Billups scored 14 points, and Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford had 13 apiece on a night when Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:32 left. The high-flying Clippers had just one dunk, but enjoyed a 47-23 advantage on the glass. "I just decided not to dunk that often," Paul said, jokingly. "Just shoot floaters. I don't know what Blake's problem was." Griffin bantered back, saying, "I just wanted to foul." "They're tough inside and in the end our guys made shots. We don't live for the dunk. It just happens sometimes – a lot of the tim...
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Tony Allen sang karaoke and it was amazing
USA Today - almost 5 years
The Memphis Grizzlies guard took on classics by Montell Jordan and Michael Jackson at a charity event.          
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'Sirius,' Steven Greer's Film, Claims To Unveil Tiny 'Alien' Humanoid (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
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Global Playlist: Africa Express
Clash - over 5 years
The past decade has born witness to a silent revolution. Once upon a time, any artist outside the Trans-Atlantic drift was shunted down into the ‘world music’ section – a dark, dank, dusty corner of your local record emporium. Now, though, the most influential blogs are re-discovering African music while audio globe-trotters such as Vampire Weekend invite a generation of guitar groups to search beyond The Beatles ‘n’ The Stones. In its own small yet influential way, Africa Express has played a major part in this. A decade long series of concerts and live events, the organisation has encouraged Western and African musicians to collaborate, swapping influences and tapping each other up for new ideas. Organising a full length tour – on a train, no less – Africa Express is set to steam across the country this Autumn, a physical example of a much under-stated shift in musical influece. Invited to hop on board, rising songwriter Kyla La Grange is both excited and surprised ...
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At Least Facebook's Weak Stock Market Debut Stopped Short Sellers Latching On
Business Insider - over 5 years
Facebook's weak stock market debut has a potential silver lining for the social media giant - some short sellers may have been scared off. About 8.1 percent of the 421 million shares in the initial public offering were sold short as of May 31, about two weeks after its trading debut, according to a Reuters analysis of exchange data. That percentage is lower than for Pandora Media Inc, LinkedIn Corp, Angie's List Inc and Groupon Inc - half of the other Internet companies that went public in the past year. And Google Inc, with which Facebook is often compared, attracted a much higher short interest in the first couple of weeks after its IPO in 2004. Short sellers borrow stock and then sell it, betting that it will decline in value and that they can then buy it back more cheaply. Facebook had a tough first few weeks of trading. Its debut was marred by technical glitches on Nasdaq and reports that analysts at top underwriters reduced their revenue and earnings forecasts only days...
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Dr Dee
Rolling Stone - over 5 years
On this solo joint the ever-adventuring Gorillaz and Blur frontman gets together with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen for an operatic salute to mysterious Elizabethan alchemist John Dee An ambitious and unexpected move sure but the mix of period strings vocal choruses and West African percussion...
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Album review: Damon Albarn's 'Dr Dee'
LATimes - almost 6 years
Damon Albarn seems about as busy as a pop star can be. In March the frontman of both Blur and Gorillaz released “Rocket Juice & the Moon,” a trippy Afro-funk disc he made with drummer Tony Allen and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; next month we’ll see the fruit of his recent collaboration with the great soul singer Bobby Womack. And this summer Blur is scheduled to play a massive concert at London’s Hyde Park to end the Olympic Games. Given that schedule, you might expect frenzy from “Dr Dee,” the first album issued under Albarn’s name since 2003. Instead, the record opens with the sound of birds and rushing water and grows only more contemplative from there. A studio companion to a so-called “English opera” that premiered last year in Manchester, “Dr Dee” explores the life and work of the Elizabethan polymath John Dee; it features Albarn on vocals along with contributions by Allen, guitarist Simon Tong (formerly of the Verve) and members of the BBC Philharmonic, among other...
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In Rotation: Rocket Juice & the Moon's eponymous debut
LATimes - almost 6 years
In Rotation: "Rocket Juice & the Moon." A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Rocket Juice & the Moon, 'S/T' (Honest Jon's) You’d think that given Damon Albarn’s voluminous output, the quality would suffer, but with each of his myriad releases, be it as part of Blur, Gorillaz, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, Mali Music -- or as an opera composer -- he manages to build something solid and rhythmic. Much is due to his great choice in collaborators, and on this new project he’s snagged two masters: L.A. bassist Flea, and former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen. On paper, that’s an amazing rhythm section, and on the trio’s new collaborative self-titled album, it creates a funky kind of magic. Though Albarn is a Brit and Flea a Californian, the record in its heart is Nigerian, built to honor the ideas born in Afrobeat, the rhythmic mish-mash of James Brown-funk and African beats created by Fela Kuti. That vibe fl...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Allen
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 73
    Tony Allen also contributed drums on "People Dansa", an afrobeat rhythm fulled track off the second album of the Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho, released in 2014.
  • 2013
    Age 72
    His career and life story have been documented in his 2013 autobiography Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat, co-written with author/musician Michael E. Veal, who previously wrote a comprehensive biography of Fela Kuti.
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  • 2012
    Age 71
    He has collaborated with Albarn and Flea in a project called Rocketjuice and The Moon with an album released in 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    His album entitled Secret Agent was released in June 2009 by World Circuit.
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    He also made an appearance playing the drums in the video for "Once Upon a Time" by French duo Air in late 2007.
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    Allen plays drums on two tracks on the 2007 album 5:55 by Charlotte Gainsbourg: "5:55" and "Night-Time Intermission", backed by French duo Air and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp.
  • 2006
    Age 65
    In 2006, Allen joined with Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, and Simon Tong as drummer for The Good, the Bad & the Queen.
  • 2004
    Age 63
    In 2004 he recorded with Parisian artist Sébastien Tellier on the Frenchman's album Politics including the popular song "La Ritournelle".
  • 2003
    Age 62
    Allen played drums throughout the 2003 album Love Trap by Susheela Raman and has also performed with her live.
  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002, Allen appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot and Riot in tribute to Fela Kuti.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 44
    Allen recorded N.E.P.A. in 1985.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    Allen formed his own group, recording No Discrimination in 1980, and performing in Lagos until emigrating to London in 1984.
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  • 1979
    Age 38
    Fela did support Allen's three solo recordings: Jealousy ('75), Progress ('77), No Accommodation For Lagos ('79), but by 1979, Allen chose to leave Africa '70, taking many members with him. 'What makes me decide it's time to go?
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    Allen recounts how Fela and he wrote in 1970: "Fela used to write out the parts for all the musicians in the band (Africa '70).
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    In 1964, Fela Ransome Kuti invited Allen to audition for a jazz-highlife band he was forming.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born in 1940.
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