Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, known as one of the founders of the Afrobeat, died in Paris at the age of 80. This was reported to CNN on May 1 by the manager of the musician Eric Trosset.
According to him, Allen was hospitalized at Pompidou Hospital the day before due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Allen started playing drums when he was 18. In the late 1960s, musician and political activist Fela Kuti invited him to join his band Afrika ’70, later they both became pioneers of Afrobit, a genre that combines African rhythms with the sound of jazz and funk.
Later Tony founded his own band No Discrimination and then immigrated to France. During his career he managed to work with singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, Zap Mama, bassist Fly from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Malian singer Uma Sangara.
He has recently performed with The Good, the Bad & the Queen with Blur and Gorillaz vocalist Damon Albarn.