Comet Records presents the Tony Allen & Afrika 70 reissue series with the classic late seventies first four solo albums of Tony Allen remastered and restored: Jealousy, Progress, No Accomodation for Lagos & No Discrimination, all coming in an heavy Deluxe Tip-On Jacket.
1978’s No Accommodation for Lagos, Tony Allen’s third solo album, is an effortless Afrobeat masterpiece. The Afrika 70 band floats through two of Tony’s heaviest and most churning compositions. With this album, we start to hear Tony Allen’s unique style of Afro-Funk that he would explore for decades to come as a solo artist – it is groove-focused, a rolling meditation on rhythm.
The first track, “No Accommodation for Lagos” is one of Tony’s most pointed and churning songs, recorded in a chaotic period following the army raid of Fela’s compound. There is a seriousness to the funk, a real burning purpose in the performance of every instrument, from the horns to the shekere. Tony’s performance is supercharged – he clearly showed up to the studio that day with a fire in his heart. The followup track, “African Message,” is an Afrobeat compositional staple. Tony sits back in the cut through most of the supremely funky track until about seven minutes in, when he steps into the spotlight to express himself fully – his emotions, his frustrations, his convictions – in a fiery duet between his drumkit and his voice. The percussionists coalesce around him in support, lifting Tony up as he gives it his all.
Tony Allen was a musical and compositional visionary, and this album finds him beginning to explore that vision outside of Fela’s immense gravitational pull. They are the start of a new era in Tony’s fruitful career as a solo artist, opening the floodgates for his distinctive Afro-Funk sound and laying the foundation for the next generation of Afrobeat musicians to come.