Iconic Nigerian drummer dies: Tony Allen, a top Fela collaborator
Legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who created afrobeat along with his old bandmate Fela Kuti, has died at the age of 79 in Paris, France.
Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70 in the 1960s and 1970s.
During that time the pair created afrobeat, combining West African musical styles such as highlife and fuji music with American imports jazz and funk.
The duo recorded more than 30 albums together, before going their separate ways in the late Seventies. T…
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