Black Voices is an album by Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter Tony Allen (b.1940), released in 1999 by Comet Records in Paris, France. The cover was designed by Inflamable Ink. While the artist’s name is set in an extended version of Richard Schlatter’s high-contrast unicase face Glyphic Series (VGC, 1972) with alternate Y, the title is in lowercase Pasadena, a sci-fi face that originated at the Brendel Type Studio in 1974.
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.”