All artists joining forces to drop it live deep and completely direct, til you can't take it no moh! The SLST Weekender, an annual 2 day series of uplifting, positive, good time shows set to seriously move your mind and body + force feed yoh soul with the absolute best of times. Live and DJ.
Maximum dancefloor action and soul satisfaction guaranteed. Strictly on the good foot.
Your South london Soul Train host JAZZHEADCHRONIC welcomes The Godfather of Afro Beat and legendary Fela kuti drummer, the irrepressible beat supremo TONY ALLEN Live in concert. Brace yourself for a live extended set by one of the true originators with full live band. We've been trying to book this man for years, so set your soul to stunned and get ready to witness a true great of modern music. Afro Funk gonna hit the floor!
TONY ALLEN has just seen a childhood dream come true. He even says that when he made The Source (his opus number twelve in the discography), it was the best recording in his whole life. The saxophonist Yann Jankielewicz, who has been playing alongside him for some ten years, observes: 'Tony has never played drums as well as this. He's never had as much freedom, never had as much power as he does today.'
Allen's 'best in my life' confession is anything but innocuous: he is 76 years old and his career goes back fifty years, not to mention recordings by the hundred. Nor is it any coincidence that another musician 35 years younger (but not in experience) can recognise the aura that surrounds him. It is praise indeed, but you can add the opinion of saxophonist Rémi Sciuto—a reference on the French jazz scene, but also known for his work with artists as diverse as Nicolas Godin or Oxmo Puccino—who came out of The Source studios saying, 'That was definitely one of the best sessions of my career.'
The Source is the Nigerian drummer's first album for Blue Note, one of the most prestigious names in jazz and a label that has opened its sphere of activity considerably wider since its renaissance in the Eighties. Perhaps more than any other title in the catalogue, The Source represents the label's classic era at the same time as it symbolizes Blue Note's innovative present. The album achieves this by means of a sound-aesthetic that has total integrity, the result of a scrupulous transcribing of the music using a technology that is exclusively analogue, and doing so according to the precepts of the virtuous philosophy inherited from the label's founders, Alfred Lion and Marx Margulis. But The Source also reflects Blue Note by its hybrid nature, because the jazz here is a mode of navigation that allows us to return upriver to the source in Africa, a journey made with the kind of modern-era exigency that makes this record stand apart from others: as an object, it is totally captivating.
The best albums always tell a story. This one takes us back to the source of Tony Allen's art as a musician, in other words, to Nigeria in the latter half of the 20th century. Tony Oladipo Allen, who was born in Lagos in 1940, never played the slightest traditional instrument: right from the beginning, his interest was for a distant although 'recent' cousin of the ancestral percussion family, namely, the drum-kit. He taught himself, serving his apprenticeship while working as a technician for Nigerian national radio, all the time listening to records by American masters such as Art Blakey, Max Roach and Kenny Clarke, all of them eminent drummers of the Bebop and Hard Bop eras.
His life changed totally in 1964 when he made the acquaintance of Fela Kuti, whom he would accompany for the next fifteen years, first with Fela's Koola Lobitos, an emblematic High Life band that was a model for all modern African music groups, and then when Fela led Africa 70, for which he developed a new music language: Afrobeat, which combined Yoruba rhythms and funk instruments with themes of revolution. Alongside Fela Kuti, Tony recorded some twenty albums and put his rhythm-signature to each of them: a unique way of hitting skins or a cymbal. Its main characteristic is a caressing, almost ethereal energy... and it has a formidable efficiency. From then on, Afrobeat would propel a career that saw him play with Damon Albarn, and record with the likes of Sébastien Tellier, Flea or Oumou Sangare, while pursuing his own projects in parallel.
Fresh off the back of the critically acclaimed 'The Source' album, we are truly excited to welcome this musical genius to The South London Soul Train Live Stage. As well as being part of The SLST Weekender, this Tony Allen Concert the first in a new series of SLST early evening Live concert, so pls watch this and get ready to enjoy yourself!
Then later that night over at The CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building we continue ....
Swiftly followed by THE FINALE
Sat Feb 10 - The South London Soul Train Weekender Part 3
w/Riot Jazz Brass Band (Live), Don’t Problem Brass Band (Live), Jazzheadchronic + More across 3 floors and 4 rooms (10pm-5am) at The CLF Art Cafe. Bands on stage at midnight.
Sat Feb 17 - The South London Soul Train with Jazzheadchronic, Afro Cluster (Live) + More across 3 floors and 4 rooms at The CLF Art Cafe. Adv Tix Up soon / here
But for now, it's all about The SLST Weekender,
Thing about to get wild in the place,
See you on the dancefloors fo sho
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