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Tony Allen to Perform on WNYC's "Soundcheck," Launch North American Tour

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Legendary AfroBeat drummer Tony Allen will be the guest on Soundcheck from NPR member station WNYC, 93.9 FM in New York City, today at 2 PM ET. Allen will talk with the show's host, John Schaefer, and perform songs from his 2010 World Circuit / Nonesuch debut album, Secret Agent. "The great Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti had a not-so-secret weapon when he was creating the funk-infused style known as Afrobeat in the 1970s," says WNYC. "That weapon was drummer Tony Allen. A legend among drummers of all styles, Allen is still going strong." Listen live at 2 PM ET and again at 10 PM online at wnyc.org.

Fans in select North American cities can catch Allen and his band live, as they launch a brief North American tour this Wednesday at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. Detroit keyboardist and record producer Amp Fiddler, who has worked with Prince, George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic, joins Allen for this tour.

Below are the North American tour dates. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Secret Agent, head to the Nonesuch Store now.

Tony Allen on Tour

Apr 13 (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY
Apr 15 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
Apr 16 Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI
Apr 17 Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 19 Memorial Hall Chapel Hill, NC
Apr 23 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

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