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Tony Allen Announces the Release of His Upcoming EP 'A Tribute to Art Blakey'

Tony Allen shares the release date for his upcoming EP 'A Tribute to Art Blakey,' and shares the EP's first single 'Moanin'."

Legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, will give jazz enthusiasts a major treat next month, with the release of his new EP A Tribute to Art Blakey, due out on May 19.


As it's name implies, Allen's latest EP pays homage to one of his musical idols, American jazz drummer, Art Blakey. The 4-track EP features reinterpretations of Art Blakey's and The Jazz Messengers' classics,“Moanin’,” “A Night In Tunisia,” “Politely” and “Drum Thunder Suite,” with an airy, afrobeat twist. Allen recorded the EP in Paris, backed by a 7-piece band.

While the new EP makes Blakey's influence on African artists apparent, the American musician was also heavily influenced by the sounds of the continent.

"In the late-1940s Blakey spent time traveling abroad in West Africa exploring the culture, religion, and of course, the drumming. Blakey later recorded several albums that were heavily influenced by African music including Orgy in Rhythm (1957), Holiday for Skins(1958), and The African Beat (1962), which featured the Nigerian drummer and percussionist Solomon Ilori," reads a statement from Blue Note records.

Stream "Moanin'," the groove-inducing first single from Tony Allen's upcoming EP below and pre-order A Tribute to Art Blakey, now via iTunes.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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