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Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit dies aged 78

Laura  Barnes
Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit dies aged 78

The drummer and co-founder of pioneering krautrock band Can, Jaki Leibezeit, has passed away from sudden pneumonia.

A statement on Can’s Facebook page reads: "He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely."

Leibezeit had a long career in music before his passing at ageed 78. As well as a constant member in Can, playing on every one of the band’s 12 studio albums, he also worked with the likes of Depeche mode, the Eurythmics, Jah Wobble and Brian Eno.

He was also due to perform with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Can’s Schmidt and Mooney at London’s Barbican in April this year.
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In 1968, Liebezeit co-founded Can with keyboardist Irmin Schmidt, bassist Holger Czukay and guitarist Michael Karoli. Vocalist Malcolm Mooney joined later that year.

Leibezeit’s iconic drumming style was descried as “metronomic” throughout his career, and later dubbed “motorik” – a play on the German word for “motor skills” and evoking the repetitiveness of driving on a long motorway.

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