Nigerian pioneering drummer Tony Allen, a co-founder of the Afrobeat musical genre, died in Paris on Thursday aged 79, his manager says.
"We don't know the exact cause of death," Eric Trosset told AFP, adding it was not linked to the coronavirus.
Allen was the drummer and musical director of musician Fela Kuti's famous band Africa '70 in the 1960-70s.
Fela, who died in 1997, once said that "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat".
In similar news, Manu Dibango died from COVID at the end of March, tried searching but didn’t see any mentions of it.
His post-Fela recent work is also super impressive! Many older artists are nowhere near as prolific towards the end of their careers. - Gogo
Free DL of just the drums!