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Allen, Tony / Afro Disco Beat
Album:Afro Disco Beat Collection:World
Artist:Allen, Tony Added:10/2008
Label:Vampi Soul 

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Add Date:2008-11-09 Pull Date:2009-01-11 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:11 Jan4 Jan28 Dec21 Dec14 Dec7 Dec30 Nov23 Nov
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Album Review
Don Farrell
Reviewed 2008-11-10 
AFROFUNK by Tony Allen ( Fela Kuti's drummer). "the man who sounds like 4 drummers" on a reissue of his first 4 solo albums, Fela is a sideman on these. Fela & Allen originated Afropop, These recordings are from the mid to late 70's.
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CD#1 with Africa 70 (Fela's group)

****1:11:27 big horn blast intro then low Fela/Allen percussion horn groove, @ 6:20 male vocal call with female chorus response with keyboard/percussion groove, horns return at end.
****2: 13:05 Fela/Allen percussion horn groove
****3: 9:45 male vocal call, cool fem chorus response percussion,brass & keyboard groove
****4: 11:57 totally locked rhythm instrumental minimal funk guitar with horns toward the end.


CD#2 with the African Messengers (Tony Allen's group)

****1:17:23 slower intro, minimal male spoken word, ramps up with the big rhythm groove with horns, totally locked Funk trance groove, call & response with female chorus towards the end with minimal keyboards.
****2: 12:03 slower intro, minimal male spoken word, horn groove, more spoken word, wailing sax groove, heavy bass with spoken word "African music - African message"
****3: 8:23 minimal male spoken word intro. then scat style vocal, spoken word then all & response with male chorus & horns, chang-a-lang funk guitar groove, a bit more mellow tune.
****4: 8:11 male spoken word/vocal, rhythm/horn groove, female chorus at end, a bit more mellow tune.
****5: 8:49 male vocal, fem chorus, a bit mellow horn/guitar/rhythm groove, nice guitar plucking, big horns @ 6 min, big bass, real nice groove
****6: 9:08 e guitar groove right from the start, horns, @ 2 min. male vocal, "Love is a Natural Thing". I really like the Left/Right channel separation on this track D  Farrell   11/2008



Track Listing
1.Jealousy 6.African Message
2.Hustler 7.No Discrimination
3.Progress 8.Road Safety
4.Afro-Disco Beat 9.Ariya
5.No Accomodation For Lagos 10.Love Is A Natural Thing