22nd September 2017
“Without Tony Allen, there would be no afrobeat” – Fela Kuti
“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 iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, which according to Mr Allen is the best recording he’s ever made.
Featuring the likes of Damon Albarn, Yann Jankielewicz (saxophone), Rémi Sciuto (saxophone), Vincent Taurelle (keyboard), Daniel Zimmermann (trombone) and Mathias Allamane (double bass), the record showcases a set of original songs inspired by his hero, Art Blakey.
Opening the show on the night will be fast rising London based 7 piece afrobeat outfit KOKOROKO.