A Book Talk with Michael Veal and Tony Allen
Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Nigerian master drummer Tony Allen was a major contributor to Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. Michael Veal, himself a musician and Professor at Wesleyan University, made extensive interviews with Allen to write this autobiography, to be discussed here. A self-taught musician, Allen studied both American jazz and African drumming practices. Allen was unusual in choosing the Western drum set, rather than African handheld drums, and made use of it in his own individual, pathbreaking style. Allen teamed up with Fela Kuti in 1964, and stayed with him throughout the 1970s. Now in his seventies, Allen continues to perform and record with a wide range of international artists from Archie Shepp to Charlotte Gainsbourg to the Good, the Bad and the Queen.
Location: 101 Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street, New York