“I play yours, you play mine. The music never ends.”
The wisdom of Tony's words was as deep as his grooves, and these two sentences, which announce the dozen songs that follow, truly capture the spirit of There is No End.
For a man “born into rhythms,” the thousands of grooves he recorded, the innumerable more he performed on stages the world over, the collaborations from Fela and Ginger Baker half a century ago to Damon Albarn and Bernard Purdie today, all make it clear that while the album before you marks the coda of a legendary career, it will inspire generations more of musicians, artists and fans who hear it.
There is No End is a truly unique album. Tony's motivating concept and desire was to work with younger artists, and especially the new generation of rappers, and give them voice in a time of global turmoil when music has never been more important – not necessarily as a “weapon” for the future in the manner of Fela's violently political songs, but also as medicine to heal a fractured world today.
There Is No End featuring : Skepta, Sampa The Great, Lava La Rue, Ben Okri, Jeremiah Jae, Nah Eeto, Tsunami, Koreantown Oddity, Marlowe, Nate Bone….