Tony Oladipo Allen (born 12 August 1940 in Lagos, Nigeria) ''is a Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter who currently lives and works in Paris''.'' He is currently writing his autobiography "Tony Allen: Master Drummer of Afrobeat" with author/musician Michael E. Veal, who has previously written a comprehensive biography of Fela Kut''i.
''As drummer and musical director of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's band Africa 70 from 1968 to 1979, Allen was one of the primary co-founders of the genre ofAfrobeat music''. Fela once stated that, "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." He has also been described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived."