By: Akpan Sunday
Former drummer, composer and songwriter of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Tony Allen, has died at 79 in Paris.
Allen’s demise was introduced on Thursday by his supervisor, Eric Trosset, throughout a session with Agence France-Presse(AFP).
He said that Allen took unwell within the afternoon and was taken to the Hôpital européen Georges-Pompidou, the place he died.
“We don’t know the precise reason behind demise.
“He was in nice form, it was fairly sudden. I spoke to him at 1pm then two hours later he was sick and brought to Pompidou hospital, the place he died,” Trosset mentioned
Allen was born in Lagos in 1940 and was considered one of many founders of Afrobeat.
A self-taught musician, he started enjoying drums on the age of 18 whereas working as an engineer for a Nigerian radio station.
Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70 within the 1960s and 70s and Late Fela as soon as said that, “With out Tony Allen, there can be no Afrobeat,” over his thrilling kinds on drums.
Allen and Kuti recorded some 40 albums collectively as Africa ’70 earlier than parting methods after a mythic 26-year collaboration.
Such was the outlet that Allen left in his band Kuti wanted 4 drummers to interchange him.
Additionally, he was the drummer within the supergroup the Good, the Dangerous & the Queen, additionally that includes the Blur singer Damon Albarn and the Conflict bassist Paul Simonon, which launched its second album in 2018.
Artists, together with Main Lazer, Gilles Peterson and Flea have paid tributes to Allen on Twitter with the rapper Biz Markie describing him as “an all-time titan spanning continents, eras, and sounds.”