Tributes are pouring in for Tony Allen, who reportedly passed away at the age of 79.
Flea, a member of Red Hot Chilli Peppers rock band and a frequent collaborator announced the passing of the legendary Nigerian born Afrobeats drummer, Tony Allen.
The drummer who passed away in Paris due to unknown causes has been described has one of the most talented drummers to ever work the industry and his death came as an ultimate shock.
A lot of people also took out time to pay tributes to the drummer, see some of the tweets below;
REST IN POWER AND JOURNEY WELL ANCESTOR TONY ALLEN✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/4fYxgsdwrO
— Seun Anikulapo Kuti (@RealSeunKuti) May 1, 2020
You put the beat in Afrobeat. A giant. Rest in paradise and thank you for a lifetime of being quietly epic. Honored that some of my most memorable times on this journey were in studios and on stages with you. Journey well Tony Allen 🕊🖤 pic.twitter.com/1XzkFoeZQd
— M.anifest – MTTU Out Now (@manifestive) May 1, 2020
Farewell Tony Allen. Often copied, never bettered. The drummer who never stood still: no two bars the same, always shifting, but never losing the groove. We have him to thank for Afrobeat and for this beautiful piece of drumming for Sébastien Tellier. WC https://t.co/tmiMzSSVaY
— Coldplay (@coldplay) May 1, 2020
🖤 The legendary TONY ALLEN is gone 😢😢😢
The best drummer ever ⚜️
I owe him the magical drum on "LA RITOURNELLE" and more on my albums "POLITICS" and "CONFECTION" 😔
He was a light for all the musicians
One more genius is gone 💔💔💔
Bye bye my friend 🙌🏻💋🌹 pic.twitter.com/NqKb4skSbJ
— Sebastien Tellier (@SebTellier) May 1, 2020
Tony Allen was a drumming pioneer, who helped define the Afrobeats genre alongside Late Nigerian Afrobeats legend Fela, as part of the band Africa ’70.
Tony also during his life collaborated with the likes of Blur star Damon Albarn, Clash’s Paul Simonon and Simon Tong of the Verve in super group The Good, The Bad And The Queen. May his soul Rest In Peace.