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Revivalist's African Jazz Issue: Tony Allen and the Beat of Afrobeat


Today, Revivalist, our Okayplayer Jazz channel, launches their latest issue, and it's focus is entirely on the transatlantic jazz of Africa.  To kick off the issue, team Revive has put together an in-depth story on the legendary Tony Allen - best known as Fela Kuti's drummer. Allen was instrumental in helping to develop the unique sound of Afrobeat that Fela is credited with having invented.  Both Allen and Kuti were also, it turns out, great students of American Jazz which heavily influenced their own sound.  Tony Allen - now in his 70's - is still known as one of the best drummers alive.  Head over to Revivalist to check out the full story, packed full of amazing video footage as well.

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Senegal Protests Result in First Confirmed Death

Several reports have confirmed that one protestor has been killed in demonstrations taking place in Senegal following opposition leader Ousmane Sonko's recent arrest.

At least one protester has been killed in the ongoing anti-government protests in Senegal, according to several reports. The protestor was killed during clashes with the police in Bignona, southern Casamance region, although the cause of death is still allegedly unknown and under investigation. The protests, which now enter into the third day today, are in response to the arrest of opposition figure, Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested for reportedly disturbing public order and participating in an unauthorised demonstration. His arrest comes ahead of a scheduled appearance at a Dakar court on a charge of rape.

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