This book is basically about decoding and notating the grooves of master drummer Tony
Allen. In this book you will find many various notations of records that Allen played using the
afrobeat style which was invented by him.
Michael Veal, writer of the autobiography of Tony Allen, depicts in his wonderful book: "Tony
Allen, the rhythmic engine of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. Allen embraced the drum set, rather than
African handheld drums, early in his career, when drum kits were rare in Africa." Also legendary
Fela Kuti is known for saying " Without of Tony Allen there would be no Afrobeat!" Well,
anyone interested in afrobeat drumming you may have realized that it is a shame that it is next to
impossible to find any afrobeat book among the hundreds of great method books.
I have been working on analyzing and deciphering afrobeat for more than five years. After
much analyses and study, finally this method book born. I am convinced You will see that
playing your drums with such kind of mental approach is going to improve your musicianship by
playing with more expression and coordination. Play more like making chords as a guitar or
piano... Not in harmonies but with drums; In the same way that making chords on a guitar or
piano (uses more than one note at a time) you will learn to play your drum kit with perfect