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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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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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