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Rejoice by Tony Allen

Tony Allen


Release Date: Mar 20, 2020

Genre(s): Jazz

Record label: World Circuit


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Album Review: Rejoice by Tony Allen

Excellent, Based on 2 Critics

Pitchfork - 80
Based on rating 8.0/10

Tony Allen has lived many lives as a drummer in the decades since he first got behind a trap kit. His various collaborations and genre shifts are numerous and well documented, evidence of a lifetime of curiosity. But Allen will forever be known as the virtuosic drummer in Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band--the man whose genre-defining rhythms drove the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer's renowned sound.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

It should surprise no one who has ever followed the music of Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and/or South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela that this session exists. Though the great trumpeter passed away in 2018, his seven-decade-long career was filled with musical adventure across genres. For Allen, a co-creator of Afrobeat and a true progenitor of 21st century Afro-funk, innovation, experimentation, change, and disruption have been part of the game since he began playing.

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