Offering an exciting sneak preview of Film of Life, the new album from Tony Allen due for release next October on JazzVillage, the poignant ballad "Go Back" was written with Damon Albarn, who features on vocals and keyboards. Set to a sensual and hypnotic beat, the two musicians have created a homage to the African refugees who ended up on the Italian island of Lampedusa. This is a dazzling new masterpiece to add to the collective adventures of the brilliant English jack-of-all-trades and the cult Nigerian drummer, whose paths first crossed over ten years ago for the album Homecooking, followed by The Good, the Bad and the Queen and Africa Express.
Earlier this year, acclaimed Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen shared “Go Back,” a warm ballad featuring guest vocals from long-time collaborator Damon Albarn. Now there’s a video to go along with the song, and it’s a beautiful and evocative portrait of an African town. It’s composed of steady and sharply defined black-and-white shots that mostly focus on people’s faces, letting you see every emotive detail. -- Stereogum
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