Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000 ‎– N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)

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popcornreborn

popcornreborn

June 17, 2017
referencing N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always), 12", Maxi, BM 105
Quite underrated. Very nice proto-house dubby rhythms. Great african funk.
music_emporium

music_emporium

October 24, 2016
referencing N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always), 12", MCY-003
Huge Tony Allen album originally released in 1984. This officially licensed reissue holds an extra track previously unreleased on viny, called "Olokun".... TIP
Never Expect Power Always (aka N.E.P.A.) is largely a biting criticism and mocking of the Nigerian Electrical Power Authority, rife with corruption and poor service. It starts out with the title track, with a definite Afro-beat punch and a tighter arrangement than would normally be expected from Fela. Electro-claps stand as part of the percussion line, adding to a more modern look at what Afro-beat was becoming. This is followed by an even further modernized piece of Afro-beat, as the title track is given a dub mix. "When One Road Close" has a similar pace, and is similarly followed by a dub remix, complete with the necessary space-effects reverb. And to make this reissue extra special the track "Olokun" was never released on vinyl before.

This is the peak of electronic Afro-beat! If you didn't pick the album up the first time around, this is a good time to get it.
Bradx

Bradx

December 15, 2014
referencing N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always), 12", MCY-003
Total groove machine - this is my favourite Tony Allen record and probably my favourite ever afrobeat album too. Never lets up with two long work-outs (the dubs just kind of carry on from the main tracks). I was given this album as a gift - well, it was a chuck-out from a radio station)... and it sent me on a voyage of discovery. The 2014 reissue has a bonus track - Olokun.