Tony Allen (Nigerian-born drummer and composer)

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Legal name: Tony Oladipo Allen


Tony Oladipo Allen (born 1940 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris. 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.

As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Allen was one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music. Fela once stated that, "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." He has also been described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Jealousy / Progress Tony Allen 2
1979 No Discrimination Tony Allen 2
1999 Black Voices Tony Allen 1
1999 No Accommodation for Lagos / No Discrimination Tony Allen 3
2002 Home Cooking Tony Allen 2
2006 Lagos No Shaking Tony Allen 1
2009 Secret Agent Tony Allen 1
2009 Inspiration Information, Volume 4 Jimi Tenor / Tony Allen 1
2010 Black Voices Re-Visited Tony Allen 1
2014 Film of Life Tony Allen 2
Afrobeat Express Tony Allen 1
No Accommodation for Lagos Tony Allen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Eager Hands and Restless Feet: The Best Of Tony Allen 1
2007 Afro Disco Beat Tony Allen 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Live Tony Allen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Kilode Tony Allen 1

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