Additional Guitar (Secret Agent, Switch) - Oscar Olembe
"Without Tony Allen, there'd be no Afrobeat."
Fela “Anikulapo” Kuti
"Tony Allen really got me dancin' "
Blur (from the single 'Music is my Radar')
"Perhaps the greatest drummer ever"
Tony Allen is arguably Africa's greatest kit drummer. As co-creator with Fela Kuti of the hugely popular and influential Afrobeat style, Allen is one of the continent's most important artists. He has inspired generations of musicians worldwide and is a legendary figure amongst fans of funk, jazz, hip hop and African music.
'Secret Agent' is his debut album for World Circuit, and his first release since he became a cofounder with Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon of 'The Good, The Bad and The Queen'. Selfproduced, this slice of hardcore funky Afrobeat was recorded in Lagos, Paris and London. Using his regular hard-drilled touring band with full horn section the vocals are handled by Tony himself alongside his specially selected group of singers from his native Lagos, Nigeria.
As Afrobeat continues to expand its horizons, Tony Allen, holder of the Afrobeat flame, unleashes the latest from the Underground Sensation.