Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Groove o' the day: Tony Allen / African Message

More Afrobeat: here's Tony Allen playing with Africa 70. The tune is African Message, from the album No Accommodation For Lagos. Tempo is 118. It's starts with solo drums playing this groove:

Here's a little variation he does near the beginning:

As the other instruments come in, it's clear the 1 is not where we thought it was— it's on the 3 of the examples above. This fill happens going into the B section at around 2:00:

He plays some hip stuff after 2:22— the second time the horn riff happens. The double bar is where the horn riff begins.

Actually there's a whole lot happening on this track that I need to write out, but another day...

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