• October 20, 2020

Tony Allen, Afrobeat pioneer dies @ 79

Africa’s creative drummer and one of Afrobeat’s greats, Tony Allen dies at 79. The manager says he died in Paris yesterday. Eric Trosset says the cause of death is unknown for now.

He was one of the pillars of Fela Anikulapo’s music group. He was one of the drummers and the musical director of musician Fela’s famous band Africa ’70 in the 1960-70s.

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Before Fela died, he made a powerful statement to acknowledge the talent of Tony Allen. He said: “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”.

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