Podcast: Radio Mukambo #448 – Fela Is the Afro, Tony Is the Beat

I will always remember Oghene Kologbo saying “Fela is the afro, Tony is the beat”. Last Thursday, on International Day of Jazz, the beat left us. But let us not forget, master never die!

Looking back at Tony Allen‘s career is not possible in a one-hour podcast, we’d need 10 hours of music as after an illustrious career in afrobeat, Allen also ventured in many other styles, including jazz with two releases on Blue Note Records and an album with another African master, trumpet player Hugh Masekela from South Africa. That album ‘Rejoice’ is our cd of the week, out on World Circuit.

I decided to concentrate this 2-hour special to the afrobeat collaborations the master drummed did around the world, including Oumou Sangaré (Mali), Angélique Kidjo (Ivory Coast), Oghene Kologbo (Nigeria), Abayomy & Metá Metá (Brazil), Doctor L, Fanga & Les Frères Smith (France), Carapaus Afrobeat (Portugal), Chicago Afrobeat Project (USA), adventures in Haiti & a brand new Gorillaz single!

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CD of the week: Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Rejoice


  1. Tony Allen – Crazy Afrobeat

  2. Metá Metá + Tony Allen – Alakorô

  3. Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra – Pa Bat Kòw

  4. Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Slow Bones

  5. Tony Allen – Asiko

  6. Abayomy feat. Tony Allen – Tony relax

  7. Les Frères Smith feat. Tony Allen – Afro!

  8. Chicago Afrobeat Project feat. Tony Allen – I No Know

  9. Tony Allen – Kindness

  10. Kologbo feat. Tony Allen & Pat Thomas – You No Lie

  11. Res, Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul & Archie Shepp – No Agreement

  12. Oumou Sangaré feat. Tony Allen – Yere Faga

  13. Angelique Kidjo – Toro Mata

  14. Fanga feat. Tony Allen & Segun Damisa – Iba (The Funkyalafia Mix)

  15. Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Never

  16. Tony Allen, M1 & Baloji – Afrodisco Beat 2013

  17. Gorillaz feat. Tony Allen & Skepta – How Far

  18. Carapaus Afrobeat feat. Tony Allen, Boss AC & Oghene Kologbo – Do Allen/Diabo na Terra

  19. Fanga feat. Tony Allen – Crache La Douleur

  20. Thiago França + Tony Allen – SP No Shakin’

  21. Tony Allen – N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)