Tony Allen

Tony Allen


King of Afrobeat music, along with his old mate Fela Kuti, Tony Allen presents his latest music release. Three years after the critically acclaimed "Lagos No Shaking", Tony Allen is back with "Secret Agent", distributed by World Circuit.


Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1940, of mixed Nigerian and Ghanaian parentage, Tony Allen taught himself to play by listening to records made by the American jazz drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach. He began working as a professional musician in 1960, gigging around Lagos and variously playing highlife and jazz. Today living in Paris, Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of it's most influential musicians, the man who with Fela Anikulapo Kuti created Afrobeat - the hard driving, James Brown funk-infused, and politically engaged style which became such a dominant force in African music and whose influence continues to spread today.

Set List

"Secret Agent" Tracklist

01 Secret Agent
02 Ijo
03 Switch
04 Celebrate
05 Ayenlo
06 Busybody
07 Pariwo
08 Nina Lowo
09 Atuwaba
10 Alutere
11 Elewon Po