I saw him and his band at LuminaTO last year and it was a blast - from various sources:
Afrobeat Pioneer Tony Allen on Tour in 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
with Amp Fiddler, Props Djs Rich Medina and Jon Regen
At (le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Friday, April 15 2011
with Amp Fiddler + Prince Enoki's Insect Orchestra
At the Phoenix, Toronto
See below for additional dates in the U.S.
Tony Allen is one of the greatest drummers on the planet and the man who created Afrobeat alongside Fela Kuti. Twenty-four years after leaving Fela’s band he remains a restless and potent trail blazer for new African musical adventures and an inspiration to musicians around the world.
"Fela said I sounded like four drummers," says Allen. If so, it could have been because, in his mature Afrika 70 style, he was drawing on four different styles - highlife, soul/funk, jazz and traditional African drumming. A unique and mighty sound. Continuing to work with top musicians to fuse afrobeat with funk, rock and hip-hop, Tony remains a vital force. Recent releases, such as Secret Agent continue to breathe new life into a legendary career and in 2010 Tony performed at WOMAD as he celebrated his 70th birthday.
• tickets for New York show on the 13th
• tickets for Toronto show on the 15th - presented by Small World Music
More U.S. Dates:
• Saturday 16 April 2011 - Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI
• Sunday 17 April 2011 - Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
• Tuesday 19 April 2011 - Memorial Hall (unc) Chapel Hill, NC