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Tony Allen & Gorillaz "How Far?"

Tony Allen Appears On New Gorillaz Song 'How Far?' Featuring Skepta

"The track... is being shared immediately as a tribute to the spirit of a great man, Tony Allen," a press statement reads.

Gorillaz have shared their latest song from their Song Machine series in the form of "How Far?"—a track that features the late afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, who sadly passed away last week, as well as Skepta.

"How Far?" is built on stuttering percussion, orchestral chords, and lead by Skepta's rhymes. In addition, Tony Allen's vocals come in around the 2-minute mark.

"The track was written and recorded with Skepta in London just before lockdown and is being shared immediately as a tribute to the spirit of a great man, Tony Allen," a press release states.

Tony Allen, a trailblazing force of afrobeat, passed away on Thursday night in Paris. He was 79. The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed, although BBC reports that his manager told AFP that his death is not linked to the coronavirus.

Here is our compilation of 16 songs that showcase Tony Allen's genius and range.

Listen to Gorillaz' "How Far?" featuring Tony Allen and Skepta below.


Gorillaz – How Far? Ft. Tony Allen & Skepta youtu.be

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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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