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Babatunde Olatunji

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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: 1927    

Babatunde Olatunji - African Drums (1927-2003)

Before there was world beat music, before there was Afropop or any of the other genres of African music marketed to Western audiences, there was Babatunde Olatunji. Olatunji's 1959 “Drums of Passion” album may have been the first African music release recorded in a modern U.S. studio. That album and its successor “Zungo!” proved extremely influential in the world of progressive 1960s jazz, helping to introduce saxophonist John Coltrane and other jazz players to African music. Olatunji himself made the United States his home and became a durable and enthusiastic ambassador of West African culture...
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  • Circle of Drums

    Chesky Records
    2006
  • Circle Of Drums

    M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
    2005
  • Love Drum Talk

    M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
    1997
  • Dance To The Beat Of My Drum

    M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
    1986
  • Drum Shots

    M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
    1974
  • Soul Makossa

    M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
    1973
  • Drums! Drums! Drums!

    M.A.T. Music Theme Licensing GmbH
    1971
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Drums of Passion
Columbia Records (1959)

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