Nigerian legendary drummer, Tony Oladipo Allen has kicked the bucket after a lifetime of dexterous performances with the drum.
He died at the age of 80 in his Paris home yesterday.
At this time, the cause of death is still unknown, but it has been confirmed that the legend has passed away.
Allen is known as one of the founders of Afrobeat with the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. In his heyday, many revered him as one of the greatest drummers to have ever lived.
Fela once famously said, “Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.”
Tony Allen is known as one of the pioneers of Afrobeat
Allen was a core member of Fela’s Africa 70 band and made the following albums with Fela, Gentleman (1973), Expensive Shit (1975) and Zombie (1976).
Famously, he worked with Max Roach, Frank Butler, Damon Albarn, King Sunny Ade, the late Manu Dibango and many more.