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RIP Tony Allen – #musician #drummer #FelaKuti

May 1, 2020

Switzerland Music - May 2015

Tony Allen, the legendary drummer who helped define Afrobeat during his time with Fela Kuti, died Thursday at the age of 79. As a member of Kuti’s band Africa 70, Allen helped revolutionize the art of drumming, anchoring and propelling classic albums like 1973’s Gentleman, 1975’s Expensive Shit, and the Afrobeat legend’s most enduring work, 1976’s Zombie. Each release depended on Allen’s slippery, ferocious, polyrhythmic grooves.

“Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat,” Fela Kuti 

Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

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