The Clash and Roxy Music members form supergroup with Tony Allen for festival performance

The musicians will team up at a festival in Italy during August

Members of The Clash and Roxy Music will team up with Tony Allen and others for a performance at a festival in Italy during August.

Paul Simonon of The Clash, Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music and Afrobeat legend Allen will perform alongside Italian musician Ligabue, Columbian singer Andrea Echeverri and London-based violinist Anna Phoebe.

The group will perform at the La Notte della Taranta, taking place in Salento in the south of Italy on August 22. Manzanera serves as the festival’s Maestro Concertatore this year.


Manzanera said of the news: “I’m delighted that La Notte della Taranta has attracted such wonderful artists and it’s a tribute to the fine local muscians and dancers that they want to be part of this incredible concert. I’m hoping that this year, all of us performing can ensure that one of Italy’s best kept secrets, reaches a wider international audience.”

Earlier this year, Manzanera revealed that he’s “owed six figures” following the use of a sample by Kanye West and Jay Z.

The rappers sampled Manzanera’s song ‘K-Scope’ on their ‘Watch The Throne’ collaborative track ‘No Church In The Wild’ in 2011.

Manzanera told The Independent: “I haven’t got paid yet but it really reassured me about all of my beliefs, why I’m doing what I’m doing and the power of music.”

“Things come and go – fame, fortune – I’m not interested in that. I just do what I do because I love music but it felt like someone, somewhere up there in the ether, has said: ‘You know what? You’ve been doing stuff for ages, had ups and downs – you can have that now.'”