Tony Allen

Tony Allen
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Tony Oladipo Allen (born 12 August 1940 in LagosNigeria) ''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.[citation needed]

''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."[1] He has also been described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived."[2]