There can be no disputing the fact that Tony Allen is a legend not just of afrobeat but in 20th century live music.
Here we present the album launch show of his new record on Blue Note, a set of originals 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 Blakey (aka Abdullah Ibn Buhaina) 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.