As the world mourns the passing away of Afrobeat legend and former musical director of late Fela Anikulapo’s famous band, Africa ’70 who died on Thursday at the age of 79, his manager, Eric Trosset, has said the legendary drummer did not die of complications from COVID-19.
Unconfirmed reports had said Allen who died in Paris may have contracted the deadly coronavirus as many of his fans across the globe expressed shock over the sudden demise of their favourite music icon whose contributions to the success of Fela’s music would not be forgotten in a hurry.
Reacting to his death, Ayoola Shadare, organiser of the event that featured late Tony Allen in Lagos last year, Lagos No Shaking Homecoming Tribute has described as ‘shocking’ the passing of the jazz legend.
Speaking with R on Friday, Shadare had glowing tribute for the deceased musician: “Tony Allen wasn’t just a great musician or drummer, he was also a great human being. He had no airs about him and could collaborate with anyone and he did.
“He shared the stage with stars as well as young upstarts whom he was willing to nurture, a very rare trait for Nigerian musicians of his generation.
“When we had him during the last Lagos International Jazz Festival, he was elated. Uncle tony was happy to be back amongst his people. He even announced to the crowd that he wanted to do more of such.
We have planned bringing him to this year’s edition of the festival which is dedicated to him, Dr Victor Olaiya and Manu Dibango.
“I am happy I was able to celebrate him here in Nigeria last December during the festival but I am pained because we had just really started to get to work together on projects for what we termed the Tony Allen Afrobeat Legacy Project.
We will miss him but his music will continue to live in our hearts.
Four-time Grammy winner, Angelique Kidjo, who worked with Allen on her last two albums, also paid tribute to the deceased on Instagram, describing him as a “beautiful spirit and friend who changed the history of African music.”
Ghanaian rapper, Kwame Tsikata who is renowned as M.anifest, also took to Twitter to pay homage to the late Afrobeat pioneer.
“You put the beat in Afrobeat. A giant. Honoured that some of my most memorable times on this journey were in studios and on stages with you. Journey well Tony Allen.”
YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THESE HEADLINES FROM NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
COVID-19: Dokpesi, Daughter-In-Law, Six Other Family Members Test Positive
The founder of DAAR Communications Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi and his daughter-in-law along with six members of his family have tested positive for coronavirus. This is coming three days after his son and Chairman of the board of the company, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, also tested positive for the virus… Read full story
Kano And The Mad Woman Of Omu-Ijelu
Not long ago, the funny character, who presides over the affairs of Kano State as the governor, Umar Ganduje, raised the alarm that the Federal Government had literarily abandoned the state in its quest to combat the rampaging Coronavirus epidemic… Read full story
Lagos Discharges Polish, Filipino, 24 Nigerians After Testing Negative For Coronavirus
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday announced that 26 more patients have been discharged from isolation centres in the state having tested negative twice consecutively to coronavirus. He said those discharged included 14 males and 12 females, including two foreign nationals – a Polish and a Filipino… Read full story
WHO To Identify Animal Source Of COVID-19 ― Director-General
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), said the agency will work with relevant organisations to identify the animal source of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) based on Emergency Committee recommendations… Read full story
COVID-19: Workers Won’t Be Retrenched Without Following Due Process, Says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has told workers that despite the expected downturn in the nation’s economy owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government will ensure that workers won’t be retrenched without due process. Seeking to allay the fears of workers for their jobs, which has heightened recently… Read full story
COVID-19: Osun Monarchs Want Govt To Explore Herbal Medicine
SOME traditional rulers in Osun State have charged their subjects to abide by all the precautionary measures announced by the World Health Organization (WHO), Federal Government and health experts in the state so as to stay safe against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country… Read full story
Nigeria COVID-19 Survivor: ‘An Experience I Don’t Wish On Anyone’
It feels great to have survived COVID-19. If you see the data of people who have passed away due to the virus, they are alarming. I’m really grateful to be alive but also grateful for the experience as I am able to share with people that COVID-19 is not a hoax like many people may believe in Nigeria… Read full story
Our Fears Living Close To Isolation Centres —Residents •Why we can’t relocate you —Govt
Lagos, which has the highest number of patients with COVID-19 infection, understandably has the highest number of isolation centres, topping four as of the last count. While two have been in use and frequently in news, two new ones located at Landmark Exhibition Centre in Victoria Island and Gbagada Hospital are… Read full story
Loss Of Smell May Suggest Milder COVID-19, Study Finds
New research suggests that loss of smell as a symptom of COVID-19 may indicate a mild case of the disease. A new study has found that loss of smell, which is a reported symptom of COVID-19, may indicate that a person will experience a milder case of the disease… Read full story
Covid19- And The Rising Global Challenge
It would not be an exaggeration to aver that Covid 19 has endangered human race globally in such a manner that is novel. Death tolls in countries like China, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Iran and others are rattling and quaking the whole world and make many to be having the fear that the globe is on the… Read full story