Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has updated his official Instagram page and paid his tribute after the sad death of the legendary Nigerian drummer, Tony Allen.

Tony Allen passed away suddenly at the age of 79 in Paris on Thursday. He created Afrobeat alongside his longtime musical partner, Fela Kuti.

Flea took to his Instagram account after hearing this sad news and showed his endless respect to the late legendary drummer. He mourned and honored him by talking about the times he spent with him. He added that he is very grateful that he had the opportunity to meet him.

Here’s what Flea wrote:

“The epic Tony Allen, one of the greatest drummers to ever walk this earth, has left us. What a wildman, with a massive, kind, and free heart and the deepest one-of-a-kind groove.

Fela Kuti did not invent afrobeat, Fela and Tony birthed it together. Without Tony Allen, there is NO afrobeat. I was lucky enough to spend many an hour with him, holed up in a London studio, jamming the days away. It was fucking heavenly. He was and still is, my hero.

I wanted to honor his greatness so much when we played together, and I was nervous when we started, but he made me laugh like a two-year-old, and we fell right into the pocket.

I lit up like a Christmas tree every time I knew we were about to lay down some rhythm. With Tony’s longtime musical collaborator, friend and champion, Damon Albarn, we jammed till the cows came home. We partied in Nigeria, we partied around Europe, and it was always about the music. Just grooving high, grooving deep.

Tony Allen, I love you, I’m so grateful to have had the chance to rock with you. God bless your beautiful soul.”

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar commented and said:

“Flea, my brother. You write the most amazing heartfelt things on your Instagram post. God bless you, brother. You & I are gonna probably live forever, but if I die before you, I will check your Instagram immediately. The poetry alone.👊”

An Instagram user named Yasmin wrote:

“The pics with Damon are super sweet. I’m sorry, Flea.”

See the Instagram post below.

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The epic Tony Allen, one of the greatest drummers to ever walk this earth has left us. What a wildman, with a massive, kind and free heart and the deepest one-of-a-kind groove. Fela Kuti did not invent afrobeat, Fela and Tony birthed it together. Without Tony Allen there is NO afrobeat. I was lucky enough to spend many an hour with him, holed up in a London studio, jamming the days away. It was fucking heavenly. He was and still is, my hero. I wanted to honor his greatness so much when we played together, and I was nervous when we started, but he made me laugh like a two year old, and we fell right into pocket. I lit up like a Christmas tree every time I knew we were about to lay down some rhythm. With Tony’s longtime musical collaborator, friend and champion, Damon Albarn, we jammed til the cows came home. We partied in Nigeria, we partied around Europe, and it was always about the music. Just grooving high, grooving deep. Tony Allen I love you, I’m so grateful to have had the chance to rock with you. God bless your beautiful soul.

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