AFRO BEAT - SINCE 1969 - CREATED BY TONY ALLEN - MIX CD BY RICH MEDINA
Features exclusive Mix by Rich Medina for 101.
Tony Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of the continent’s most influential musicians. His playing draws on four different styles – highlife, soul/funk, jazz and traditional Nigerian drumming. A unique and mighty sound. Together with Fela Kuti (with whom he played for 15 years) Allen co-created Afrobeat - the hard driving, horns rich, funk-infused, politically insurrectionary style which became such a dominant force in African music and such an influence worldwide.
Tony Allen’s latest release ‘Secret Agent’, is a majestic slice of hardcore roots Afrobeat, and is Allen's debut for World Circuit, his first release since he became a founder member of The Good The Bad and The Queen (alongside Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong). his recent work has included also the collaboration with Finnish maverick Jimi Tenor for Strut's Inspiration Information series. Afrobeat is currently enjoying an upsurge of interest and for fans of hip-hop, funk and jazz, Allen, holder of the Afrobeat flame, is today revered as its seminal living figure.
Choice defines the man. Rich Medina has made a life based on one choice that has transformed the listening experience of millions. DJ Rich Medina lives, breathes, and revels in sharing the type of music that make a listener remember his soul. It is this awareness of soul that brings listeners back time and again to hear Rich spin: heads nod, bodies sway, emotions expand and coalesce. DJ Rich Medina uses the decks to guide his people away from the ordinary and into the realm of their imaginations. His intelligent blends bridge unexpected song selections that build a collective consciousness of intoxication. Without even realizing it, DJ Rich Medina lures you in and makes you forget who you were before the music began. Medina spins you into the now, into the moment, into the vital essence of who you are.