Nigeria Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo ex drummer, composer and songwriter Tony Allen, has passed away at the age of 79
Allen helped revolutionize the art of drumming, appearing on classic albums like 1973’s Gentleman, 1975’s Expensive Shit, and the Afrobeat legend’s most enduring work, 1976’s Zombie according to Rollingstone .
Allen died in Paris, France, on Thursday, April 30. The cause of his death has not been revealed
As a member of Kuti’s band Africa 70,He was born in Lagos in 1940 and was regarded as one of the founders of Afrobeat.
Allen has also been described by Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived”.
He career and life story have been documented in his 2013 autobiography Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat, co-written with author/musician Michael E. Veal, who previously wrote a comprehensive biography of Fela Kuti.
Allen returned with a much anticipated new project for his 13th release. Recorded live in Lagos, with a full-sized Afrobeat band, Lagos No Shaking (Lagos is OK) signified Allen’s return to roots Afrobeat after forays into avant-garde electronica hybrids. Lagos No Shaking was released on 13 June 2006.
Recall,Fela once stated that, “Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.” Also in 2017, Fela’s son, Femi Kuti said to Rolling Stone: “There was no band like the Africa 70 and there is no drummer like Tony Allen.”