Afrobeat founder and iconic drummer Tony Allen dies aged 79
02 May 2020 | 3:00 pm
Pioneering Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, a co-founder of the Afrobeat musical genre, died in Paris on Thursday aged 79, his manager says. Eric Trosset told NPR radio that he had died of a heart attack.
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