Tony Allen – Psycho On The Bus

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This unique album, released in 2000 for Comet Records, was made while riding the big tour bus, Allen and L jammed extensively, the Doctor programming his iBook and Allen percussing on whatever came to hand. They liked what they were hearing, and a few additions from other musicians later, a new album was ready: the half-disingenuously self-titled Psycho On Da Bus. Highly recommended!

As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Allen was one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music. 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.

 

 

 

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