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The Beat Behind Afrobeat: A Guide to the Music of Tony Allen

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The Beat Behind Afrobeat: A Guide to the Music of Tony Allen

By

Marshall Gu

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Illustration by

Nick Dahlen

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May 27, 2021

Everyone knows Fela Kuti as the father of Afrobeat, but it was Tony Allen, Kuti’s drummer in Africa ‘70, who was the literal beat behind it. Even after defecting from Kuti and launching his own successful solo career, Allen was regularly tapped as a session musician by artists around the world. With credits on dozens of albums in genres as far reaching as Wassoulou, Música popular brasileira, mbalax, and even techno, Tony Allen

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