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Florian Schneider & Tony Allen’s Trans-Global Beat Expressions

Together forever. This moment in history, framed by the world slowing down, quarantine solitude and the passing of one legendary musical figure after another, may dictate Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider and Afrobeat originator Tony Allen’s stories as perpetually intertwined, a postscript to one late-20th-century chapter of collective rhythm making. Subjects now of tragic timing, the two were long-term brothers in magical time-keeping, residents of a world their daddy James Brown broke open, exported globally and then heard beamed into the clubs of black America (especially in New York, Detroit and Chicago), only to go back around the world…

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