“How Far?,” the latest installment in Gorillaz’ Song Machine series, “was written and recorded with Skepta in London just before lockdown and is being shared immediately as a tribute to the spirit of a great man, Tony Allen,” the band said Saturday.
Allen was Albarn’s close friend and collaborator; in addition to the Good, the Bad and the Queen, the two also worked together on the one-off supergroup Rocket Juice & The Moon as well as Albarn’s Africa Express.
“There is no end,” Allen said in a statement shared by Gorillaz. “I want to take care of youngsters – they have messages and I want to bring them on my beat.”
On Friday, Albarn also shared a short video of his band mate on Twitter:
There is no end – Tony Allen pic.twitter.com/a5fHxFgvYm
— Damon Albarn (@Damonalbarn) May 1, 2020
Allen, Fela Kuti’s longtime drummer and the architect of Afropop’s polyrhythmic sound, died Thursday at the age of 79.