Tony Allen Never Created Afrobeats With Fela – Femi Kuti Argues

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Tony Allen Never Created Afrobeats With Fela - Femi Kuti Argues

Femi Kuti the first son of the late Fela Kuti argues with those insinuating that Tony Allen co-created Afrobeats with his father Fela.

The singer via his Twitter page debunked reports that his father’s drummer, Tony Allen created Afrobeats alongside Fela Kuti. Tony was once a member of Fela Kuti’s Egpyt 70 band and passed away this year.  An Instagram user had argued that while Tony Allen is a great drummer, he didn’t create Afrobeat with Fela Kuti. Femi Kuti then agreed with him but another user said that they were both talented and didn’t agree with the statement.

Tony Allen Never Created Afrobeats With Fela - Femi Kuti Argues

Femi Kuti said that the documentary, “My friend Fela” which told the story of Fela through the eyes of Tony Allen, and Carlos Moore tarnished the image of his father as nasty things were said of him by the late drummer and Carlos Moore. He also said that indeed Tony Allen was a talented drummer but he did not create Fela Kuti’s music with him or for him.

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