Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen
Inspiration Information, Vol. 4 (Strut Records, 2009)
Strut Records brings together the creative forces of multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tenor and drummer Tony Allen as part of its Inspiration Information series. Jimi Tenor (born Lassi Lehto, in Finland) has explored the worlds of pop, electronica, rock, funk and jazz. But one of his great passions is Afrobeat music. In this recording he joins forces with one of the legends of Afrobeat music, Tony Allen. The Nigerian musician is the creator of the celebrated Afrobeat rhythm and was a member of Fela Kuti ‘s Africa 70 band.
Jimi Tenor brings his usual home-made instruments as well as members of his Kabu Kabu band that perform vintage keyboards, brass and traditional African percussion. Allen complements the band with his enviable drum work.
The album was recorded at Lovelite Studios in Berlin during November 2008 with further sessions this year in Finland and Paris. The tracks started as jams that gradually evolved into fiery cohesive pieces. While most of the album is instrumental, there are also vocal parts with a great dose of dark humor that criticizes social and economic policies, following the Fela Kuti tradition of mixing music with social justice.
Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen have created an impressive set of jams that reinvigorate the increasingly popular Afrobeat.
Buy the recordings:
- In North America: Inspiration Information, Vol. 4. Other titles available: 4th Dimension, Secret Agent, Lagos No Shaking, Eager Hands and Restless Feet: The Best of Tony Allen, Live
- In Europe: Inspiration Information, Vol. 4, 4th Dimension, Secret Agent, Afro Disco Beat, Eager Hands and Restless Feet: The Best of Tony Allen
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.