Tony Allen

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Tony Allen: A Retrospective review – sprawling tribute gets the crowd on its feet
At almost three hours, Damon Albarn, Femi Koleoso, Ben Okri and co still struggled to encapsulate the full gamut of Allen’s creativity

Ammar Kalia

14, Nov, 2021 @12:28 PM

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Joan As Police Woman, Tony Allen, Dave Okumu: The Solution Is Restless review – subtle and slinky
This classy collaboration sounds familiar but unique at the same time, a jazzy musing on what it takes to live

Kitty Empire

07, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Tony Allen: There Is No End review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
More cohesive than many a posthumous release, Allen’s legacy is well-served here, especially on the more experimental tracks

Ammar Kalia

02, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Sarathy Korwar, Flying Lotus and FKA twigs among 2020 AIM awards winners
Independent Music awards for artists outside major label system also honour Moses Boyd, Arlo Parks, Yaeji and AJ Tracey

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

12, Aug, 2020 @8:45 PM

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Paul Epworth's lockdown listening: 'People recommend me records that don’t even exist'
The Oscar, Grammy and Brit-winning producer talks about his spiritual jazz quest and ‘the greatest drummer ever’, Tony Allen

Interview by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

14, May, 2020 @6:26 PM

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'His drums were singing, you know?' Tony Allen remembered by his collaborators
Angelique Kidjo, Jeff Mills, Sebastien Tellier and more remember the late drummer: his humility, his brilliance, and his awesome sportswear

Interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, May, 2020 @10:13 AM

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Tony Allen: the Afrobeat maverick who blazed a trail across the globe
The Nigerian musician was a restless creator who embraced the physicality of drumming and innovated until the end

Kate Hutchinson

01, May, 2020 @2:41 PM

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Tony Allen: the Afrobeat pioneer's 10 finest recordings
From simmering dancefloor fillers to defiant resistance anthems, we pick the best of the legendary drummer’s tracks

Ammar Kalia, Global music critic

01, May, 2020 @1:43 PM

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Tony Allen: Afrobeat’s master on Hugh Masekela, Damon Albarn and friction with Fela Kuti
As a lost album by Allen and Masekela is released, African’s finest drummer remembers the late trumpeter’s brilliant funk – and the chaotic militancy of his most famous partner

Robin Denselow

19, Mar, 2020 @12:41 PM

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: Merrie Land review – almost-anthems for England’s dreaming
Damon Albarn’s eclectic supergroup confront national myths on an ambitious album of Brexit-era Anglicana

Kitty Empire

17, Nov, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Damon Albarn on Brexit: 'We live on this stroppy little island'
The Good, the Bad & the Queen have been trying to figure out what’s become of England since the EU referendum. And the answers aren’t comforting

John Harris

09, Nov, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Tony Allen: The Source review – drummer's Blue Note debut reframes jazz in his own image

John Lewis

07, Sep, 2017 @5:00 PM

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