With just a few days to go before the April 13 North American release of Tony Allen's World Circuit / Nonesuch debut album, Secret Agent, The Fader is offering a free download of the track "Ijo," the Dennis Bovell dub version.
"The original version of legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen’s 'Ijo' includes an urgent vocal that similarly legendary reggae musician Dennis Bovell has transformed in his dub," writes The Fader's Matthew Schnipper, "launching it into an infinite echo."
Schnipper concludes by suggesting that the soon-to-be-released album, Secret Agent, is "gonna be a killer at the BBQs this summer." Read more and download a copy of the single "Ijo (Dennis Bovell dub)" at thefader.com.
You can watch the video of the title below. To hear clips from each track off the album and pre-order it now, visit the Nonesuch Store.
Tony Allen to Tour North America This Summer, Following April 13 Release of "Secret Agent"
As announced late last year in the Nonesuch Journal, Tony Allen—best known for his work as drummer and musical director for Fela Anikulapo Kuti, one of Africa’s most influential artists—makes his World Circuit / Nonesuch debut with Secret Agent, which releases in North America next week, April 13.
Following its European release in 2009, Secret Agent received generous critical praise. The Guardian proclaimed, “There is no question that Tony Allen is a genius, one of the greatest percussionists in the history of popular music,” while Observer Music Monthly said, “If you’re wondering why Afrobeat is hip, start here.” According to The Wire, “Secret Agent is cause for celebration,” and for the Independent, the album is “a superb return to form.”
Now comes confirmation of Allen's eight-day North American tour this summer, which kicks off with a free concert for the Luminato Festival in Toronto on June 12 and includes stops along the way in Madison, Chicago, Boston, New York, Brooklyn, Seattle, and, finally, Boonville, California, for the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival on June 20.
Below are the scheduled tour dates. For more information and venue links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To learn more about Secret Agent and pre-order it now to receive the complete album as high-quality MP3s on release day, visit the Nonesuch Store. For a video of the title track, head to nonesuch.com/media.
JUNE 2010 NORTH AMERICAN PERFORMANCES
June 12 Queens Park; Luminato Festival Toronto, ON
June 13 Yahara Palace Park Madison, WI
June 14 Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Chicago, IL
June 15 Middle East Club Boston, MA
June 16 Stuyvesant Town; Stuytown Summer Series New York, NY
June 17 BAM Metrotech Brooklyn, NY
June 17 (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY
June 19 Snoqualmie Casino Seattle, WA
June 20 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Boonville, CA