Kofi Burbridge, multi-instrumentalist of Tedeschi Trucks Band passed away in Atlanta on Friday, February 15 following treatment complications for an ongoing cardiac issue. Kofi was well-known and praised for his mastery of the flute and keyboard, as well as his strong vocal skills.
Kofi and his younger brother, Oteil, displayed musical interest and skill when they were young. Their parents supported these abilities, encouraging the pair to learn the ins and outs of music and performance. The brothers became comfortable with multiple instruments and took part in classical and jazz courses, eventually leading to participation in well-known bands. Kofi found himself in Atlanta in the 80s where he performed with Knee-Deep and became friendly with Col. Bruce Hampton. In 1997, Otiel became a member of the Allman Brothers Band, opening the door for Kofi to impress the world with his talents during several guest performances.
Derek Trucks, also a member of the Allman Brothers, founded the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with Kofi as a founding member, reuniting him with his brother. Although Oteil left the band in 2012, Kofi remained present throughout his surgery and recovery, accompanying the group for their final shows of 2018.
Following his death, tributes and loving messages displaying admiration for Kofi filled social media. Among others, Oteil penned a tribute to his big brother, referring to him as his “first and biggest hero” and highlighting his sweet and humble nature. As wisely stated by Oteil, and openly supported by us all, “fly free, Kofi.”