The Tony Allen Group performs with special guests Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabaté, Sidiki Diabaté and Oxmo.
The powerhouse behind the late Fela Kuti's afrobeat movement, Fela once stated that 'without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat'. He has also been described by Brian Eno as 'perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived'.
Post-Fela, Allen developed a hybrid sound, deconstructing and fusing Afrobeat with electronica, dub, R&B and rap. Allen refers to this synthesis as afrofunk.
His latest album, Film of Life, features collaborations with Damon Albarn and cutting-edge producers The Jazzbastards and is an overview of his rich career, which brings together bebop, afrobeat, jazz and psychedelic pop.
Tonight features a new collaboration between Tony, Damon Albarn, the Grammy Award-winning kora player Toumani Diabaté, Toumani's son Sidiki Diabaté and Malian-French star rapper Oxmo.