This is an immense collection of Tony Allen at the top of his game backed by Africa 70 and The Afro Messengers on his first four LPs - 'Jealousy' from '75, 'Progress' from '76, 'No Accommodation For Lagos' from '78 and 'No Discrimination' from 1979.
I don't think righteous, conscious, deeply political music has ever sounded so funky and insistent. The afrobeat sound is mesmeric, propelled by Allen's amazing percussion skills, a beautifully ramshackle horn section and sweet backing singers. The lyrics are often overtly political/social as on 'No Accomodation For Lagos' & 'No Discrimination' or thinly-veiled double meaning such as 'Road Safety' and come over more powerfully because of the almost incongruously funky backing - the keyboards on the later LPs could be straight off Herbie Hancock's Headhunters.
This is endlessly dynamic African music (with a good serving of Western soul and funk) and an important, timeless message makes this an absolutely essential collection.