Jazz Cafe in association with The 15th London African Music Festival present:
Tony Allen 'The Source' Album Launch

Tony Allen 'The Source' Album Launch
Friday 22nd September 19:00-22:30

"Without Tony Allen, there would be no afrobeat" Tony Allen

"Perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived" Brian Eno

There can be no disputing the fact that Tony Allen is a legend not just of afrobeat but of 20th century music as a whole.
We're proud to present the launch of 'The Source', his new record on Blue Note Records, which showcases a set of original songs inspired by his hero, Art Blakey.

While American jazz - in particular the recordings of Blakey and Max Roach - had a big impact on Allen during his early musical development in Nigeria, the music of Africa was also hugely influential for Blake throughout his career.

In the late-1940s Blakey spent time travelling abroad in West Africa exploring the culture, religion, and of course, the drumming. Blakey later recorded several albums that were heavily influenced by African music including Orgy in Rhythm (1957), Holiday for Skins (1958), and The African Beat (1962), which featured the Nigerian drummer and percussionist Solomon Ilori.

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