SEVEN weeks ago, Tony Allen turned 70 years old – a point where even the most indefatigable of drummers might consider swapping their drum stool for an easy chair.
Yet it’s quickly apparent in conversation with the Nigerian-born hero of Afrobeat that he’s far from ready to lay down his drum sticks just yet.
He refuses even to dwell on past glories or career highlights. “I don’t think it’s the end,” he says in deep measured tones. “I’m still looking forward all the time. Backward? No. You look forward to doing what things appeal to you.”
His latest album, Secret Agent, is as a lively and downright funky as any in his 40-year catalog. (more…)