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      The drummer and unofficial music director of the late Fela Kuti's band, Africa 70, from 1968 until 1979, Tony Allen (born Tony Oladipo Allen) helped create the sounds of Afro-beat. With his solo recordings, however, Allen has refused to remain stagnant, incorporating dub and avant-garde hip-hop influences into his modern African dance music. A self-taught musician, Allen began to play drums at the age of 18 while working as a technician for a Nigerian radio station. Within nin... Read more

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