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date: 19 October 2020

Allen, Tonylocked

(20 July 1940–30 Apr. 2020), drummer and musician,
  • Jeremy Rich

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was born in the Lafiaji neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, on 20 July 1940 His father James Alabi Allen derived his surname from an ancestor who had been rescued from a slave ship and brought to Sierra Leone in the early nineteenth century James Alabi Allen worked as a mechanic and came from a fairly successful family He enjoyed playing guitar and mandolin and so his son Tony was exposed to indigenous Yoruba and Western music as a child While Allen s father did not belong to a church his mother Prudentia Anna Mettle was a devout Catholic She was of Ghanaian descent and Allen always thought of himself as both Ghanaian and Nigerian as a result Allen had five brothers and sisters and they all went on to have successful careers either in business or in the professions Tony Allen took a different path Uninterested in a formal education ...

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