Seun Kuti was saddened hearing the death report of Tony Allen, his father’s ex-drummer and ex-band leader.
The youngest son of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti took to his social media page to pen a tribute to the legendary drummer who died in Paris on Thursday, March 30 2020 at 79 after brief illness. According to him, Tony always made himself available for his shows despite their differences, identifying him as a pure artist and a fierce competitor.
“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. #getthesax.”
Tony Allen co-found Afrobeats with late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The world renowned drummer was part of Fela‘s Africa 70 band and made the following albums with him; Gentleman (in 1973), Expensive Shit (in 1975), and Zombie (in 1976). After leaving the band, Fela had to replace him with 4 drummers and said there would have been no afrobeat without him.