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New Orleans Airlift is incredibly honored to host legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen in the Music Box Village with local Afrobeat orchestra Kumasi and special guests!

The late Fela Kuti wasn’t quick to credit other musicians, but when he said “There would be no Afrobeat without Tony Allen” he meant it. Tony Allen, best known as “Fela Kuti’s drummer”, was the rhythmic force behind the music of the legendary Nigerian musical iconoclast and political activist from 1964 to 1979.

Described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived,” a young Tony was influenced by the music his father listened to (Juju, traditional Yoruba ceremonial music), but also American jazz, and the growing highlife scene in Nigeria and Ghana.

In recent years Allen has occupied the spotlight with projects like The Good, The Bad and the Queen (feat. Blur’s Damon Albarn), Rocketjuice to The Moon (with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea) and he is, of course, still performing live with his own band regularly. He recently released his first full-length album for Blue Note, The Source.

Kumasi, New Orleans’ own Afrobeat orchestra, will be joining Tony in celebrating both his career longevity and his legacy of ingenuity by performing music from across his storied history.

The Music Box Village is a unique experimental art installation of “musical houses” – small structures that are also newly invented musical instruments. Musicians who perform in the Music Box work collaboratively with these structures and their own conventional instruments to create new sounds and reinvent the familiar. Every performance is entirely unique, built on collaborations initiated by New Orleans Airlift, and designed to build bridges across cultural communities.

Friday and Saturday / February 23rd and 24th / One show per night
Doors open 6:30PM – 10:00PM
Performances at 8:00PM
$20 Advance Tickets/ $25 Day of Show
For tickets visit https://squareup.com/store/Airlift/

General Info: www.musicboxvillage.com

Our address: 4557 N. Rampart St