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Tony Allen

THE heartbeat of afrobeat and the drummer & musical director to Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band (1968 to 1979) - Tony Allen is one of the most adventurous and singular drummers/percussionists alive today. Having developed a hybrid sound deconstructing and fusing Afrobeat with electronica, dub, R&B and rap which he terms 'Afrofunk', he is 75 years old today and is still going strong, still keen as ever to experiment, and get those audiences dancing.

“perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived” – Brian Eno