THE SLST WEEKENDER LAUNCHES WITH THE LEGENDARY TONY ALLEN (LIVE) AT VILLAGE UNDERGROUND! (RUNS TIL 1AM / LATER):
ADV SELLING FAST - PLENTY OF £15 TIX OTD
Fri Feb 09 2018 - Your The South london Soul Train host JAZZHEADCHRONIC + Special Guest AJ KWAME joined by The Godfather of Afro Beat and legendary Fela kuti drummer, the irrepressible beat supremo TONY ALLEN Live in concert at Village Underground (Band on stage at 9pm / runs til 1am / later)
Brace yourself for a live extended set by one of the true originators with full live band. We've been trying to book this man for years, so set your soul to stunned and get ready to witness a true great of modern music. Afro Funk gonna hit the floor! With Afrocentric, funk, soul & hip hop DJ AJ KWAME (Afri-KoKoa/Incognito DJs) handling the after party session party til 1am.
TONY ALLEN has just seen a childhood dream come true. He even says that when he made The Source (his opus number twelve in the discography), it was the best recording in his whole life. The saxophonist Yann Jankielewicz, who has been playing alongside him for some ten years, observes: "Tony has never played drums as well as this. He's never had as much freedom, never had as much power as he does today."
Allen's "best in my life" confession is anything but innocuous: he is 76 years old and his career goes back fifty years, not to mention recordings by the hundred. Nor is it any coincidence that another musician 35 years younger (but not in experience) can recognise the aura that surrounds him. It is praise indeed, but you can add the opinion of saxophonist Rémi Sciuto—a reference on the French jazz scene, but also known for his work with artists as diverse as Nicolas Godin or Oxmo Puccino—who came out of The Source studios saying, "That was definitely one of the best sessions of my career."
The Source is the Nigerian drummer's first album for Blue Note, one of the most prestigious names in jazz and a label that has opened its sphere of activity considerably wider since its renaissance in the Eighties. Perhaps more than any other title in the catalogue, The Source represents the label's classic era at the same time as it symbolizes Blue Note's innovative present. The album achieves this by means of a sound-aesthetic that has total integrity, the result of a scrupulous transcribing of the music using a technology that is exclusively analogue, and doing so according to the precepts of the virtuous philosophy inherited from the label's founders, Alfred Lion and Marx Margulis. But The Source also reflects Blue Note by its hybrid nature, because the jazz here is a mode of navigation that allows us to return upriver to the source in Africa, a journey made with the kind of modern-era exigency that makes this record stand apart from others: as an object, it is totally captivating.
The best albums always tell a story. This one takes us back to the source of Tony Allen's art as a musician, in other words, to Nigeria in the latter half of the 20th century. Tony Oladipo Allen, who was born in Lagos in 1940, never played the slightest traditional instrument: right from the beginning, his interest was for a distant although "recent" cousin of the ancestral percussion family, namely, the drum-kit. He taught himself, serving his apprenticeship while working as a technician for Nigerian national radio, all the time listening to records by American masters such as Art Blakey, Max Roach and Kenny Clarke, all of them eminent drummers of the Bebop and Hard Bop eras.
His life changed totally in 1964 when he made the acquaintance of Fela Kuti, whom he would accompany for the next fifteen years, first with Fela's Koola Lobitos, an emblematic High Life band that was a model for all modern African music groups, and then when Fela led Africa 70, for which he developed a new music language: Afrobeat, which combined Yoruba rhythms and funk instruments with themes of revolution. Alongside Fela Kuti, Tony recorded some twenty albums and put his rhythm-signature to each of them: a unique way of hitting skins or a cymbal. Its main characteristic is a caressing, almost ethereal energy... and it has a formidable efficiency. From then on, Afrobeat would propel a career that saw him play with Damon Albarn, and record with the likes of Sébastien Tellier, Flea or Oumou Sangare, while pursuing his own projects in parallel.
Fresh off the back of the critically acclaimed 'The Source' album, we are truly excited to welcome this musical genius to The South London Soul Train Live Stage. As well as being part of The SLST Weekender, this Tony Allen Concert the first in a new series of SLST early evening Live concert, so pls watch this and get ready to enjoy yourself!
The South London Soul Train Part 1 runs 7pm - 1am / Later at Village Underground (band on stage at 9pm) / Adv Tix £10-15 or £15 OTD (before 830pm) MOTD After.
Then later that night over at THE CLF ART CAFE (Block A, Bussey Building) we continue ....
Fri Feb 09 - The South London Soul Train Weekender Part 2 w/Lakuta (Live), Jazzheadchronic, Strut DJs + More on 2 floors at The CLF Art Cafe (10pm-5am). Band on stage at Midnight https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1059193
Swiftly followed by THE FINALE
Sat Feb 10 - The South London Soul Train Weekender Part 3 w/Riot Jazz Brass Band (Live), Don’t Problem Brass Band (Live), Jazzheadchronic + More across 3 floors and 4 rooms (10pm-5am) at The CLF Art Cafe. Bands on stage at midnight. https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1059209
Sat Feb 17 - The South London Soul Train with Jazzheadchronic, Afro Cluster (Live) + More across 3 floors and 4 rooms at The CLF Art Cafe. https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1064219
But for now, it's all about The SLST Weekender,
Things about to get wild in the place,
See you on the dancefloors fo sho