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Afrobeat king Tony Allen. Credit: cnn.com

"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.”

Fela Kuti

The making of a musician - ‘Finding Fela’ by Alex Gibney: A movie review by The New York Times

The small gesture was not Fela Kuti’s style. With his band the Africa 70, this Afrobeat pioneer rolled out monster-size grooves, chugging along with soulful beats, keyboards and horns.

Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti: Africa's Bob Marley - or an African Handel?

When I met Fela Kuti, the self-styled “Black President”, he was in a London hotel wearing only a pair of red underpants, smoking a massive joint, surrounded by three of his wives he notoriously married 26 in one day and his personal magician, a Ghanaian who called himself Professor Hindu.