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News broke that Tony Allen died last week. The world has lost a unique musician. Allen played drums for Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and Egypt 80 organisations, pioneering the unique rhythm of afrobeat with his jazz-influenced drums. Despite his integral role, Kuti was getting all the royalties. But of all Kuti’s collaborators, Allen had the standing to strike out on his own. The Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter would continue to create patterns with others, including Moritz Von Oswald and The Good, The Bad & The Queen. Nevertheless he will be best known for the afrobeat that brought him and Kuti to the world’s attention. ‘Water No Get Enemy’ featured on the 1975 release Expensive Shit. R.I.P. Tony.