This is what the middle ground of COVID-19 storytelling looks like, and it’s both unsatisfying and distracting. Softer instruments such as piano and guitar are present but are used sparingly to allow Allen’s drumming to take the stage. What the Hell Is Happening With Masks on Network TV? Allen was best known for his co-founding of the afrobeat genre and had previously collaborated with Damon Albarn, lead singer and creator of Gorillaz, on Albarn’s album “Rocket Juice and the Moon.”. Along with Paul Simonon from the The Clash and Simon Tong of The Verve, the group released its self-titled debut album in 2007 and a follow-up called ‘Merrie Land’ in 2018.”. Beyoncé Leads the 2021 Grammy Nominations. Allen and Albarn were very close musical cohorts, being that at one time they were in a band together, The Good, the Bad and the Queen. 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Future “Song Machine” tracks featuring artists like Schoolboy Q, Sampa the Great and others have been teased by Albarn. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. As previously noted in aforementioned mxdwn article, “Defined as a combination of West African musical style with American funk and jazz influences, Allen pioneered the Afrobeat genre. Vance’s memoir says more about an idea of prestige cinema than it does the white working class. Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn was Allen’s bandmate in the supergroup Good, the Bad and the Queen, as well as a close friend and collaborator on other projects like Rocket Juice & the Moon. Gorillaz have announced Song Machine: Season One - Strange Timez, a compilation of ongoing collaborations they have been putting together with various artists around the world.The concept started earlier this year with “Momentary Bliss” featuring Slowthai and the band Slaves released in January. He died Thursday. But a new generation of Afrobeats artists has gained success and recognition internationally through the music genre, though they've steered clear of political references in their music. Gorillaz have released new track "How Far?," featuring legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and rapper Skepta, in tribute of Allen, who died on April 30 at age 79. Was Josh Hartnett a Millennial Gay Stepping-Stone? All rights reserved. Following the release of the track, Gorillaz also released a quote from Allen discussing his work on the new song. Allen had previously worked with Gorillaz founder, Damon Albarn, through a band called The Good, the Bad & the Queen, where both participated as members of through the 2000s. What better way to pay tribute to the late Afrobeat trailblazing drummer, Tony Allen, then feature him on the newly released Gorillaz track "How Far?" “How Far?,” the latest installment in Gorillaz’ Song Machine series, “was written and recorded with Skepta in London just before lockdown and is being shared immediately as a tribute to the spirit of a great man, Tony Allen,” the band said Saturday. Allen’s percussion beats carry the flow of the song, almost being on equal footing in terms of audio mixing with Skepta’s rapping, allowing the beat and vocals to mix together and work in such a way that brings a dynamic narrative to the song. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Peter Mann May 3rd, 2020 - 2:45 PM, What better way to pay tribute to the late Afrobeat trailblazing drummer, Tony Allen, then feature him on the newly released Gorillaz track “How Far?” also featuring British rapper Skepta. The unexpected track “How Far?” features rapper Skepta and drummer and songwriter Tony Allen. The Grammy-winning band Gorillaz has dropped a new song titled “How Far?” in honor of the legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who died April 30 at the age of 79 from an aortic aneurysm.