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Tony Allen at Le Poisson Rouge

As part of FranceRocks Summerfest 2017, a French music festival co-presented by The Bureau Export, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and France Rocks, in partnership with a network of major venues and institutions, on July, 5, 2017, Tony Allen will perform at Le Poisson Rouge.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1940, of mixed Nigerian and Ghanaian parentage, Tony Allen taught himself to play by listening to records made by the American jazz drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach.

He began working as a professional musician in 1960, gigging around Lagos and variously playing highlife and jazz.

Today living in Paris, Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of it’s most influential musicians, the man who with Fela Anikulapo Kuti created Afrobeat – the hard driving, James Brown funk-infused, and politically engaged style which became such a dominant force in African music and whose influence continues to spread today.


DATES: July, 5 2017

LOCATION: Le Poisson Rouge


FranceRocks Summerfest returns June 1-July 13!

Co-presented by The Bureau Export, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and France Rocks, in partnership with a network of major venues and institutions, the French music festival—the largest in the US—will showcase the expansive wealth of diverse musical talent coming out of France. Over 30 artists spanning genres from indie pop, rock and electronic to jazz, and world music, will perform free and ticketed shows at over 20 venues ranging from Central Park SummerStage to the most intimate performance spaces throughout New York City. 

The festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors Lacoste, Airfrance, and Institut français.

 

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