Friday, Oct 12, 6:30-10 PM

Tony Allen Returns to the Music Box Village with special guests!

The Music Box Village
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4557 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA
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New Orleans Airlift Presents: THE RETURN of Legendary Afrobeat Drummer Tony Allen in the Music Box Village! Featuring: Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra and special guests! Bounce Legends: Ha Sizzle & DJ Lil Man Plus: Rhythms of Congo Square Bill Summers, Luther Gray, Brother Tea & Fanfan OCTOBER 12 & 13 6:30PM DOORS $25 Advance Tickets/ $30 Day of Show For tickets visit Afrobeat giant Tony Allen had so much fun the last time he was in New Orleans that he's coming back this Fall to kick off the Music Box Village’s third year of programming! New Orleans Airlift, non-profit arts organization and creator of the Music Box Village, expands Tony’s conversation with our city through more genre-bending programming and surprising collaboration! Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra will be returning with other special guests to explore the depths of Tony’s storied career and the genre that he helped to create. Expect new artists in the mix, including bounce legends Ha Sizzle & DJ Lil Man, and a moment of deep celebration with Rhythms of Congo Square featuring Bill Summers, Luther Gray, Brother Tea and Fanfan. 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 is still performing live with his own band regularly. He recently released his first full-length album for Blue Note, The Source. 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.