Produced by

In Studio: Tony Allen

Monday, April 11, 2011

The great Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti had a not-so-secret weapon when he was creating the funk-infused style known as Afrobeat in the 1970s. That weapon was drummer Tony Allen. A legend among drummers of all styles, Allen is still going strong and has released an album with his own group. He joins us to play live.   


Tony Allen

Comments [2]

ChrisC from Sunset Park

Tony Allen is a perfect in-studio artists for this gorgeous spring day.

Apr. 11 2011 02:47 PM
Jerry from Queens

When souncheck conducted its greatest musicians all time, circa 2006 ?, Led Zeppelin swept every catagory including greatest drummer, I must admit i voted for Carl Palmer of ELP fame, however due to ignorance, I didnt know Tony Allen well enough to put him in with the greatest drummers of all time. I now know, and Tony does belong !

Apr. 11 2011 12:39 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.