Nigeria: Tony Allen, Ex-Fela Band Leader, Dies At 79 – AuthenticAfrican

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[This Day] Tony Allen, the legendary drummer who co-founded Afrobeat as the leader of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's band Africa '70, died on Thursday night in Paris at 79. Born in Lagos, he began playing drums as a teenager. Largely influenced by jazz drummers like Art Blakey and Max Roach, Allen was indeed a self-taught drummer.