World Circuit Records has shared a new short film, Tony Allen Live In London, which was shot during Allen’s final shows this past March. Allen sadly passed away on April 30.
The shows were played to showcase Allen’s collaborative album with Hugh Masekela, Rejoice. Claude Deppa replaced Masekela for the shows.
“I played two shows in London in March, which were meant to be the first of many Rejoice shows this year,” commented Allen back in March (quote via press release.) “It was good to be playing these songs on stage so many years after the recording. My good friend Claude Deppa is a great South African trumpet player, we asked him to play Hugh’s parts on stage. Unfortunately, the lockdowns started shortly after.”
Watch the new film below. Listen to Rejoice here.
Read A Final Conversation with Fela Kuti Drumming Pioneer Tony Allen on Relix.com.