Tony Allen: Fela’s Ex Drummer Dies in France, Aged 79

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Former drummer, composer and songwriter of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Tony Allen, has passed away.

He died in Paris, France, on Thursday.

Born in Lagos in 1940, Tony Allen was regarded as one of the founders of Afrobeat.

Fela once stated that, “Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.”

A self-taught musician, Allen began playing the drum kit at the age of 18 while working as an engineer for a Nigerian radio station.

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