Rejoice is an album by Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter Tony Allen (1940–2020) and South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer Hugh Masekela (1939–2018), released in March 2020, shortly before Allen’s death, by World Circuit.
The cover was designed by Florence de la Fournière, with art direction from Neel Panchal. The bouncing letterforms for the title appear to be taken from Press Gothic, featuring a hyper-extended j with customized hook. The artist names are in Bebas Neue.
‘Rejoice’ is a very special collaboration between Tony Allen, the legendary drummer and co-founder of Afrobeat, and Hugh Masekela, the master trumpet player of South African jazz.
Having first met in the 70s thanks to their respective close associations with Fela Kuti, the two world-renowned musicians talked for decades about making an album together. When, in 2010, their touring schedules coincided in the UK, the moment presented itself and producer Nick Gold took the opportunity to record their encounter. The unfinished sessions, consisting of all original compositions by the pair, lay in archive until after Masekela passed away in 2018. With renewed resolution, Tony Allen and Nick Gold, with the blessing and participation of Hugh Masekela’s estate, unearthed the original tapes and finished recording the album in summer 2019 at the same London studio where the original sessions had taken place.