Tony Allen and the Afro Messengers: No Discrimination (1979)

No Discrimination

Track list:

01. No Discrimination
02. Road Safety
03. Ariya
04. Love Is A Natural Thing


Abone – Trumpet
Lekan Animashaun – Baritone Saxophone
Collins – Synthesizer
Segar – Piano
Tunder Shole – Rhythm Guitar
Tutu Shorunmu – Tenor Guitar
Alli – Lead Guitar
Jerry Iheajito – Bass Guitar
Tony Allen – Drums, Arranger
Joe Masesue – Congas
Taiwo Ojondi – Percussion
Candido Obajimi – Vocals

Recorded: at Phonogram Studio, Nigeria
Released: 1979
Label: Shanu Olu Records
Grandstar GSLP 1012
P-Vine Records PLP-6592 [1999, re-issue Japan]
Strut STRUTA ACD002 [2000, re-issue Europe]
Strut STRUTA ALP002 [2000, re-issue UK]
Kindred Spirits KSTA-3 [2011, Netherlands]

Producer: Candido Obajimi, Maurice Ekpo-Otu, Tony Allen
Engineer: Etim Udoh

Liner notes:

Graphics: R. A. Sule

“Dedicated with love to all Africans, Whites & Black.”


Tony Oladipo Allen (born 12 August 1940 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris.

His career and life story have been documented in his 2013 autobiography “Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat,” co-written with author/musician Michael E. Veal who previously wrote a comprehensive biography of Fela Kuti.

As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Allen was one of the primary co-founders of the genre of Afrobeat music.

Fela once stated that, “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.”

He has also been described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived.”