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Tony Allen, Pioneering Afrobeat Drummer, Dead at 79

Tony Allen, Pioneering Afrobeat Drummer, Dead at 79

Tony Allen, the pioneering drummer who helped define Afrobeat during his tenure with Fela Kuti, died Thursday evening. He was 79.

Allen’s manager, Eric Trosser, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that Allen was taken to Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, where he died of abdominal aortic aneurysm. “He was in great shape,” Trosser added to France 24. “It was quite sudden.” Sahara Reporters first reported Allen’s death.

As a member of Kuti’s band Africa 70, Allen helped revolutionize the art of drumming, simultaneously anchoring

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