Happy birthday! Tony Allen turns 77 today

The iconic and legendary drummer turns 77 on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Afrobeat master drummer Tony Allen is celebrating his 77th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed drummers of his generation.

Popular drummer-musician Tony Allen has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 77th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.

Allen, a cultural icon

Born in Lagos on August 12, 1940, Tony Allen's career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in Nigerian history. Allen's not just a great drummer, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Tony hasn't done.

And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Tony Allen as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 77.

Happy Birthday, Tony, you're the best!

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