"I still want to play something impossible": Afrobeat king Tony Allen (Photos)


“The first thing he asked was ‘Are you the one who said that you are the best drummer in this country?’ I laughed and told him, ‘I never said so.’ He asked me if I could play jazz and I said yes. He asked me if I could take solos and I said yes again.”

That’s how Tony Allen details his first ever encounter with Fela Kuti back in the mid-1960s, a meeting that was destined to trigger an explosive sonic collaboration that a few years later gave birth to the blistering Afrobeat sound — arguably the most exciting period in the history of popular West African music.

Read more: Tony Allen: ‘I still want to play something impossible’ – CNN.com

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