Listen to my latest mix I contributed for VDS (Vinyl Delivery Service). VDS is the online vintage record shop based in Tokyo and I work as a part time review writer. Enjoy the mix of meditative, ambient, percussive and tribal tunes from all over the world.
Oh man, I still can’t believe that the legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen passed away… It was only six weeks ago when I saw him playing drums for the tribute to Hugh Masekela concert at the Church of Sound. He was really fit and well so that I was totally speechless when I heard the news…
It was maybe around 2002 when I saw his gig for the first time at the Stratford Circus. It was organised by Strut Records that they had just released Nigeria 70 compilation compiled by Duncan Brooker who was actually DJing on the same night. I just discovered Afrobeat around that time, and it was great and inspiring for me to see the man who actually invented the Afrobeat playing the drums for the first time. Since that I can’t remember how many times I saw him playing drums. When I went to see Dele Sosimi‘s gig for the first time in a shabby community hall in Peckham in 2003, Tony was there as well for the guest to play a couple of Fela’s number. A several years later, I was lucky enough to be a tour DJ for the Saluting the Black President – Ginger Baker and Tony Allen reunion concert in Paris and London in 2013. He also came to the Afrobeat Vibration’s 5th anniversary to play a few songs with the Dele sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at The New Empowering Church.
Tony Allen at the Afrobeat Vibration 5th anniversary Nov 2013 photo by Yu Fujiwara
As soon as he plays the drums, you feel the Afrobeat groove straight away. It sounds like talking or singing, and is so unique and original that there’s no Afrobeat without Tony Allen according to Fela Kuti. I always loved and enjoyed to watch him play.
He was always nice and gentle to everyone too. If you ask to take a photo with him, he always says yes. He was loved by everyone and is going to be missed so much…
Rest in power Dr Tony Allen, you are gone but your spirit will stay with us forever.
It’s been over a month since the Covid-19 lockdown began. Ironically the weather has been warm and pleasant but there aren’t much we can do under the government guidance. Stay home and listen to music, that’s what we’ve got to do right now…
So that I have been listening to the album of music a lot these days.
What is the album? It’s just like a book that from the page one to the end, you follow the story of the author. It has to have flows, tempos and stories for the audience to go through. Otherwise you want to close the book or fall asleep…
I was so pleased when the man like the legendary DJ Dr. Bob Jones commented about my album – ‘every track is beautifully produced and the journey is wonderful, just wonderful.’
Yes, the album is the journey. And this is the album I discovered recently that the journey was absolutely magnificent.
It was recorded and released independently in 1984 in South France. It’s a totally obscure album but the quality is top ranking. Give huge thanks to Komos Records to reissue these wonderful rare recordings available.
Komos Records: https://komosrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nakara-percussions
Dr Bob Jones: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/drbobjones/biography
During this lock down, all you can do is stay at home and listen to music. Enjoy my new DJ mix I did it exclusively for Music Is My Sanctuary.
“This is a strictly vinyl-only mix of deep afro latin house and disco that you can relax to as much as dance to. I love percussive and jazzy music and always try to mix smoothly so the blends flow like a river. Hope you feel the vibe too.”
Every cut is beautifully produced and the journey is wonderful, just wonderful.
by Dr Bob Jones
Wono vinyl LP is out now! During this lockdown moment, all you can do is stay at home and listen to music. Grab your vinyl copy and enjoy the musical journey!