Inspired and Informed Afrobeat

Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen -  Inspiration Information, Vol. 4
Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen – Inspiration Information, Vol. 4
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.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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