The Godchecker Tribal Music Division reports that TONY ALLEN, the world’s greatest living drummer, and SEUN KUTI, extraordinary Afrobeat God, were in magical form at the Brighton Festival last Saturday.
Introduced by BRIAN ENO, artistic director of the festival, the show was a thumping, pumping extravaganza of irresistible drumming, heaven-sent music and outrageous leopardskin theatre.
While the laid-back legend Tony Allen flipped his backbeats into hypnotic arrays of rhythm without breaking a sweat, the rising star Seun Kuti jerked and flipped across the stage like a man possessed by the very spirit of Afrobeat. The crowd held on for dear life, sweat and shoes flying in all directions as the very hall threatened to catch alight.
Stirring the spirit with ancient Yoruba battle cries and a message of peace and solidarity, we conclude that Afrobeat is in safe hands and the future looks bright indeed.
Incidentally, for those interested, we spotted an incognito NICK CAVE in the audience, but he vanished before we could check out his funky Afrobeat moves.