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Fela’s Ex-Musical Director Tony Allen Dies At 79

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, a co-founder of Afrobeat has died aged 79.

Afrobeat Co-Founder Tony Allen Dies At 79
Afrobeat Co-Founder Tony Allen Dies At 79

According to his manager, the legendary drummer passed away in on Thursday.

We don’t know the exact cause of death,” Eric Trosset told AFP, adding it was not linked to the coronavirus.

Allen was the drummer and musical director of musician ’s famous band Africa ’70 in the 1960-70s.

Fela, who died in 1997, once said that “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”.

He has also been described by UK musician Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived”.

Allen’s career and life story were documented in his 2013 autobiography Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat,

Afrobeat combines elements of West Africa’s fuji music and highlife styles with American funk and jazz.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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