cover of book
 

Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat
by Tony Allen and Michael E. Veal
Duke University Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-8223-5577-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8223-7709-2 | Paper: 978-0-8223-5591-5
Library of Congress Classification ML399.A455A3 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 786.9092

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Tony Allen is the autobiography of legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, the rhythmic engine of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. Conversational, inviting, and packed with telling anecdotes, Allen's memoir is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the musician and scholar Michael E. Veal. It spans Allen's early years and career playing highlife music in Lagos; his fifteen years with Fela, from 1964 until 1979; his struggles to form his own bands in Nigeria; and his emigration to France.

Allen embraced the drum set, rather than African handheld drums, early in his career, when drum kits were relatively rare in Africa. His story conveys a love of his craft along with the specifics of his practice. It also provides invaluable firsthand accounts of the explosive creativity in postcolonial African music, and the personal and artistic dynamics in Fela's Koola Lobitos and Africa 70, two of the greatest bands to ever play African music.


See other books on: 1940- | Autobiography | Composers & Musicians | Drummers (Musicians) | Nigeria
See other titles from Duke University Press

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.