Friday, May 1, 2020

Drummer Drummer

Just got the sad news that Tony Allen has passed away. The Nigerian master drummer, co-creator of afrobeat with Fela Kuti, was 79. When Allen finally left Kuti's band Africa 70, Fela apparently needed four drummers to replace the man, while Brian Eno called Allen 'perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived'. Miss him.

Tony Allen & His Afro Messengers - No Discrimination
Tony Allen with Afrika 70 - Progress

1 comment:

The Swede said...

BBC 6Music played a Fela tune only yesterday morning, which stopped me in my tracks - it sounded particularly fantastic coming out of the radio at that time of day. And now this terribly sad news. Gutted.