Seun Kuti Mourns Death Of Tony Allen, His Father’s Drummer & Ex-Band Leader.
Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti has reacted to the death of his late father’s drummer and former band leader, Tony Allen. Tony Allen passed away yesterday on the 30th of April, 2020 at the age of 79 years.
The legendary drummer was part of Fela Kuti‘s Africa 70 band and made the following albums with Fela, Gentleman (1973), Expensive Shit (1975), and Zombie (1976). The legendary drummer was known as one of the founders of Afrobeat with the Fela. After leaving the band, Fela had to replace him with 4 drummers and said there would have been no afrobeat without him.
Seun Kuti took to his Instagram page to mourn the death of the legendary drummer. According to him, Tony always made himself available for his shows despite their differences. Seun called him a pure artist and a fierce competitor.
He wrote: “Waking up to the most disastrous news. First Uncle Manu now Uncle Tony. These 2 men played together with me in my coming out concert in Dakar in 2004. Uncle Tony was always available to me and even tho we had our differences, there was never anything but love and respect. Uncle Tony was an enigma. A pure artist and fierce competitor( in his own way)! I love and miss u baba. Rest In Peace.”