Tony Allen 'Black Voices' (Comet Records, 1999)

The melodic emphasis of much jazz and black popular music has also been jettisoned. Each track grows in meaning and intensity through a capitulation of motifs proceeding through a circular path and given colouring by “small” improvisations, a method that can be heard in the gnawa music of Morocco (a music heavily indebted to southern Saharan traditions brought northward through forms of cultural dispersion including slavery) and in dub, the most obvious precedent for the production work on Black Voices.
— Tony Allen: Black Voices By DERRICK A. SMITH, Published: June 1, 2000, All About Jazz