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Tony Allen's Afro Drops

Tony Allen's Afro Drops

Afro Drops is the first sample pack to be released anywhere from the legendary Tony Allen. Tony is renowned for providing the drum parts to the Afrobeat genre created by Fela Kuti. With this sample album we bring you twenty three drum tracks of Afrobeat magic. The rhythms are complex but sound effortless. All of the tracks are about five minutes long and contain plenty of intricate fills and grooves played expertly by Tony. Most of the tracks come with percussion. Ranging in tempo from 82 bpm to 164 there are Afrobeat grooves spanning Tony’s 50 year career including a few grooves inspired by tracks he produced with Damon Albarn.

Tony Allen revolutionised the musical landscape of an entire continent influencing the course of Western pop music. Born in Lagos in 1940 Tony never took up traditional African percussion. Listening to the recordings of the great American bebop drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, he invented a technique that he gradually refined by honing his command of the cymbals, in particular the hi-hat, little used by African drummers – and the tom-toms. When he met up with Fela Kuti in the 1960s they collaborated first in the renowned highlife-jazz band, Koola Lobitos before setting the world on fire with Kuti’s Afrobeat.

Recorded on Tony’s trusty Pearl Masters Premium Studio kit with a Pearl Masters snare and a Tony Allen custom snare and close mic’d, the kit is the sound of Tony Allen. All the drum tracks change through different musical sections offering a range of dynamics and fills...all ready for you to use as is, or to easily edit into your own arrangement.

Tony Allen’s Afrodrops was recorded at Studio 13 in London. A studio where Tony has frequently recorded. It is a Neve VR studio with a good sized live room that provides a great tight drum sound. The drum tracks were recorded and mixed by engineer Stephen Sedgwick who has worked with Tony many times on projects including The Good The Bad The Queen, Rocket Juice and the Moon and Dr Dee.

All twenty three tracks can be purchased individually as multi-tracks (unmixed), stems (mixed), drum loop packs or MP3 practice tracks. The Multi-tracks which are around 2 gig each in size come as full length live multi-tracks and song construction loops. These packs include a tempo map and OMF file to export into other DAW. We also provide templates for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Reason, Reaper, Studio One and Ableton Live and the audio comes as 24 Bit WAVs. The Multi-track Song Loops are locked to the beat and cut into song structures such as Intro, groove, groove fills and Outro.

The Stems and mix packs which have all the separate drum mics, percussion and reverb as separate stems come as full length 24 bit WAVs and these also come with a tempo map. The Stem and Mix packs also include the song construction loops (but mixed versions).

The loop packs contain a folder of grooves and a folder of fills. We have included as many useful loops that we can get from each drum track. The loops come formatted as 24 bit WAVs, Apple Loops (24 bit and 16 bit) and Rex 2 Files.

The MP3 Practice Tracks contain a mix of of each drum track with and without percussion and they come with a count in which makes them perfect for jamming to.

Each drum track can be purchased individually or if you buy the album (in any format) you get 20% off the complete price.

Check out our interview with Tony here. and listen to engineer Steve Sedgwick discussing the recording and mixing of these drum tracks here.

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Title Description Genre
BPM
Formats  
TAAD 164 AFROBEAT 10
Double-time Afrobeat groove with straight hat and ride sections and tom fills. Reminiscent of “Boat Journey” by Tony Allen. Afrobeat 164 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 150 AFROBEAT 23
Unusual straight kick and snare groove in 6/4 with tom fill sections. Afrobeat 150 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 120 AFROBEAT 06
Fast version of funky Afrobeat pattern with rolling snare pattern, occasional tom fills and rolling conga percussion. Reminiscent of “Shakara” by Fela Kuti. Afrobeat 120 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 117 AFROBEAT 16
Jazzy mid-tempo Afrobeat groove with tom fills, swung hat and ride sections and features a hi-hat breakdown section and conga percussion. Reminiscent of “Eparapo” by Tony Allen. Afrobeat 117 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 115 AFROBEAT 22
Simple mid-tempo groove with occasional tom fills and alternating ride section and funky conga pattern. An original Tony Allen Composition. Afrobeat 115 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 115 AFROBEAT 11
Mid tempo funky Afrobeat groove with tom fills and building ride cymbal sections and also incorporates a double-time kick and snare section and conga percussion. Reminiscent of “African Man” by Tony Allen. Afrobeat 115 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 112 AFROBEAT 05
Slow version of funky Afrobeat pattern with rolling snare pattern, occasional tom fills and rolling conga percussion. Reminiscent of “Shakara” by Fela Kuti. Afrobeat 112 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 110 AFROBEAT 19
Mid-tempo bouncy Afrobeat triplet groove with straight hi-hat pattern, tom fills, ride sections and congas. Reminiscent of “Aye Le” by Tony Allen. Afrobeat 110 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 110 AFROBEAT 15
Fast funky Afrobeat groove with driving kick and snare and busy hi-hat pattern, with ride groove sections, a double snare hit on the first beat of the bar and conga percussion. Reminiscent of “Night Watch” by Rocket Juice & The Moon. Afrobeat 110 M S L P Info Save Favourite
TAAD 110 AFROBEAT 04
Fast version of light funky groove with a rolling snare pattern and occasional fills, syncopated wood block, rolling conga percussion and percussive hand-drum pattern. Reminiscent of “Lady” by Fela Kuti. Afrobeat 110 M S L P Info Save Favourite

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