The African Beat

The African Beat is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and The Afro-Drum Ensemble in November 1962 on Blue Note Records.[4] He described it as the first opportunity he had to work with drummers from Africa; as a blend of American jazz with the traditional rhythms and tonal colors in the percussion of that continent. The album features compositions by African and American musicians, all based on aspects of West African (especially Nigerian) music.[5]

The African Beat
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1962[1]
RecordedJanuary 24, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
LabelBlue Note
BST 84097
ProducerAlfred Lion
Art Blakey chronology
Buhaina's Delight
The African Beat
Three Blind Mice
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]

Track listing

  1. "Prayer by Solomon G. Ilori" - 0:55
  2. "Ife L'ayo (There Is Happiness in Love)" (Solomon G. Ilori) - 5:31
  3. "Obirin African (Woman of Africa)" (Garvin Masseaux) - 3:45
  4. "Love, The Mystery of" (Guy Warren) - 9:22
  5. "Ero Ti Nr'Ojeje" (Ilori) - 7:33
  6. "Ayiko, Ayiko (Welcome, Welcome, My Darling)" (Ilori) - 7:13
  7. "Tobi Ilu" (James H. Bey) - 5:56



  1. Billboard Dec 1, 1962
  2. Allmusic review
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 25. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. Billboard, 1 Dec 1962, p. 20.
  5. Original liner notes by Nat Hentoff
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