A Statement from Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng) and NECLive on the Passing of Tony Allen

The editorial board of Nigerian Entertainment Today (theNETng) and organizers of Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) are saddened by the passing of Tony Oladipo Allen the iconic Nigerian drummer, composer, and songwriter.

Tony Allen was a true music pioneer and alongside the late Fela Kuti, a primary originator of the world renowned Afrobeat genre. 

With his extraordinary talent, creative genius and remarkable work ethic, Tony Allen redefined contemporary African music. He also gave today's generation of artistes a foundation upon which the industry's productions, rhythm and soundtracks are built. 

He will be remembered not only for being a source of inspiration for many generations of African and global music stars, but also for being a champion and ambassador of African arts and culture, which he proudly introduced to millions of fans around the world.

While we mourn his passing and commiserate with the family on this loss, we celebrate Tony Allen's remarkable life, and will continue to appreciate all the beautiful sounds and rhythm he left us with.

Ayeni Adekunle                                                                                          Femi Falodun

Founder & Convener, NECLive                                                              CEO, ID Africa

 

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