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Tony Allen, Legendary Afrobeat Pioneer, Dies at 79

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Tony Allen, a celebrated innovator of the Afrobeat genre, died Thursday (April 30) in Paris. He was 79 years old.

Allen’s cause of death is not known at the time of publication. “We don’t know the exact cause of death,” his manager Eric Trosset told France 24. “He was in great shape; it was quite sudden. I spoke to him at 1 p.m., then two hours later he was sick and taken to Pompidou hospital where he died.”

The Nigerian legend served as the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70 in the 1960s and 1970s. While in the band, he participated in iconic Afrobeat albums such as 1973’s Gentleman, 1975’s Expensive Shit and 1976’s Zombie.

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“There was no band like the Africa 70,” Fela’s son Femi Kuti once told Rolling Stone. “And there is no drummer like Tony Allen.”

In recent years, Allen has played alongside Damon Albarn in multiple projects, including The Good, The Bad & The Queen, as well as Charlotte Gainsbourg, Air, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and others.

A number of musicians who looked up to Allen took to social media to share their grief following the unfortunate news, including Major Lazer, Flea and Sean Ono Lennon. See their posts below.

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Will Smith says he ‘understands’ if no one goes to see his new movie after Chris Rock slap

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American actor Will Smith’s upcoming movie Emancipation will be released in cinemas later this week, his first major work since his infamous Oscars slap in March which led to a backlash. (more…)

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Cardi B admits she’s struggling to make Offset ‘happy’ following Takeoff’s death

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Cardi B has been struggling to make Offset smile following Takeoff’s death. (more…)

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From Apple Music With Love: John Legend Shares Piano Versions Of Songs From His ‘LEGEND’ LP

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Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the return of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 25 – 30, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. This year, gifts range from live concert recordings, new renditions of favorite songs, a classic album rerelease alongside a brand new holiday album, and party-crushing mixes to close out the year. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the musical experiences we’ve put together with Apple Music listeners in mind.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from John Legend as he shares piano-driven versions of some of his favorite songs from his 2022 album LEGEND.

“The songs are about love,” John Legend tells Apple Music. “They’re songs about expressing yourself and being inspired and telling your authentic truth when it comes to who you are and how you feel about the people you love. I really thought about each song and what songs I could do cool versions of on piano,” Legend says. “Some of them, I would want to stick closer to the original vibe and energy of the original recording. But some of them, I thought it’d be fun to do a really fresh take on it. I wanted to record them in a way that was more intimate so that people could really feel and listen to every lyric.”

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift on Apple Music and check out John Legend’s new piano versions from LEGEND HERE

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Manchester United is up for sale

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The news that lots of Manchester United fans have been waiting for and one that should signal the end of the Glazer’s ownership of the entire club. It comes during the Premier League break while the World Cup is kicking off over in Qatar, this site will give you all the best World Cup odds, that one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League will be looking to sell up.

Background to the Glazer ownership

There have been problems with the ownership of Manchester United ever since the club was acquired by the American owners back in 2005. It was protested by the Manchester United fans when they realised that the Glazers would be bringing in all their debt and dumping it on Manchester United. The Glazers have since siphoned off money for their own greed and not put in a single penny; the money is all the revenue from Manchester United football club not from the Glazers.

Protests have been ramped up in the past two years due to failings on the pitch and the lack of ambition from the board but protests are nothing new about the ownership. There were huge protests from the club in 2007 and 2010, even in between, there were anti-Glazer chants.

The times under the Glazers have not been all doom and gloom on the pitch with Sir Alex Ferguson papering up the cracks for many years with his managerial prowess but in recent years, since his departure and the departure of David Gill the CEO. The major issue was the arrival of Ed Woodward who was good friends with the Glazers and not a footballing economical man. This has left the club light years behind rivals and money spent unwisely over the past 10 years.

Will the departure help improve the standards of the club?

The club has been left to rot with poor training facilities and Old Trafford needs serious improvements to help keep it the Theatre of Dreams, especially in the current space.

One of the main issues is the structure of the club with poor judgement on players and over spending on players that were not worth the value. United seem to have the right man in charge with Erik ten Hag gaining respect from fans and players, maybe not Cristiano Ronaldo, but he needs support and help along the way which previous managers have found difficult when working with the Glazers.

Why now?

Well if you ask any Cristiano Ronaldo fanboy they will say off the back of his interview. However, nowhere in the interview does he really lay into the Glazers for them to sell up. Yes, he criticises his now former employees over facilities but he also used the interview as a distraction technique because he is not performing on the pitch as father time catches up to him.

Some have speculated that the Middle East is at an all-time high due to the World Cup currently being held in Qatar and Saudi Arabia beating Argentina. Many feel this is the ideal opportunity to get the £4-8 billion the Glazers are expected to want.

However, there has been so much speculation about Sir Jim Ratcliffe who is still interested in a football club after he failed in acquiring Chelsea.

This story has only just begun but with the Glazers wanting to leave it is good news for United fans but it could be a difficult path ahead if they have to question their moral compass with bids expected to come from countries with poor human rights records.

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2022 Soul Train Awards: full winners list

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The 2022 BET Soul Train Awards finally hit the small screen Saturday (Nov. 26) night, and while the show was full of stunning performances from Ari Lennox, Tank, Xscape and more, only two awards were handed out during the televised portion of the ceremony. (more…)

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Cristiano Ronaldo offered £62 million-a-year deal to join Saudi giants Al Nassr’

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered a bumper three-year contract in Saudi Arabia. (more…)

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