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Tony Allen & Damon Albarn's 'Go Back' Video Pays Homage To The Lampedusa Refugees

Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen shares the video for "Go Back," the Damon Albarn-featuring song off Allen's 'Film of Life' LP.


Back in July we reported on "Go Back," the Damon Albarn-featuring/co-written first single off Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen's upcoming solo album Film of Life. Last week Allen revealed the video for the serene yet funky song, and, along the way, gives urgent meaning to the title of the record, which was produced by French trio The Jazzbastards, and, in addition to Albarn, features Nigerian singer Kuku. Living up to the very words "film" and "life," the video is a penetrating yet ultimately affirming portrait of the pained and the joyous shot in crisp black-and-white. Managing to be both mysterious and resonant, the video, like the song, beautifully honors not only the African refugees who wound up on the Italian island of Lampedusa; it perhaps pays respect to all refugees, whether literal or metaphorical. The dark beauty of the song, then, shines through and the video powerfully conveys its apparent theme of longing for the faded. Seemingly more reflective than his energetic 2006 album Lagos No Shaking (released by Albarn on his Honest Jon's label), Film of Life could very well amount to Allen's most impassioned work yet. Watch the "Go Back" video, which premiered over at the Guardian, below, and look for Film of Life in October via Jazz Village.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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