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Babatunde Olatunji

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An innovative Nigerian drummer who played in integral part in bringing African music to U.S. shores, Babatunde Olatunji's groundbreaking record Drums of Passion was the first album of African drumming to be recorded in stereo in an American studio. Born in Ajido, Nigeria, in 1927, Olatunji studied at New York University before dedicating his time to forming the African-style ensemble that would frequently play to awestruck audiences. Later founding Harlem's Center for African Culture and serving as a teacher to such drummers as Mickey Hart (who, along with Olatunji founded the musical troupe Planet Drum), Olatunji's work found traditional African music gradually working its way into American culture. In early April of 2003, Babatunde Olatunji died due to complication of diabetes in San Salinas, CA. He was 75.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Babatunde Olatunji: African Drumming
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Grateful Dead - End of the Road: The Final Tour '95
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Olatunji & His Drums of Passion
  • Actor
1985

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