Tony Allen – Live at the Barbican

Earlier this evening, master afrobeat drumer Tony Allen played a flawless gig although his collaborators were rather less reliable


Keziah Jones shone on guitar, Ty had their moments and Damon Albarn was kind of sweet but his song sucked (but not as much as ‘Home Cooking’ by Ty — youch).
But there were as many moments of sublime grooviness as there were examples of under-rehearsal not paying off. Give ’em another week and it would have been a miracle.
Consolation for the missed opportunity came in the form of Rita and crew at the Shrine club afterwards. Blow cats, blow…
–Photo by Paul Murphy

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