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Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Babatunde Olatunji. Whalum and collaborated with him on a staple of the choir's repertoire, "Betelehemu", a Nigerian Christmas carol. After graduating from Morehouse, he went on to New York University to study public administration.
There, he started a small percussion group to earn money on the side while he continued his studies. Two years later he released his first of six records on the Columbia label, called Drums of Passion.
Drums of Passion became a major hit and remains in print; it introduced many Americans to world music. Drums of Passion also served as the band's name. Olatunji won a following among jazz musicians, notably creating a strong relationship with John Coltranewith whose help he founded the Olatunji Center for African Culture in Harlem.
This was the site of Coltrane's final recorded performance. Coltrane wrote the composition "Tunji" on the album Coltrane in dedication to him. InCarlos Santana had a major hit with his cover version of " Jin-go-lo-ba " from Olatunji's first album, which Santana recorded on his debut album, Santana Mystery Of Love - Olatunji* - Flaming Drums ! (Reel-To-Reel), as "Jingo". Olatunji composed music for the Broadway theatrical and the Hollywood film productions of Raisin in the Sun.
Olatunji was known for making an impassioned speech for social justice before performing in front of a live audience. He toured the American south with Rev. Olatunji was a music educator, and invented a method of teaching and recording drum patterns which he called the "Gun-Dun, Go-Do, Pa-Ta" method after the different sounds made on the drum.
He taught drum and dance workshops year-round starting in the late s. Over the years he presented workshops nationally and internationally at colleges, universities, civic, cultural, and governmental organizations. He taught a summer drumming and African dance course with his wife, at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York for many summers during Family week.
He also taught at the Esalen Institute in California beginning in For the few years before his death Olatunji made his home at the Mystery Of Love - Olatunji* - Flaming Drums ! (Reel-To-Reel) Big Sur coastline. He became a scholar-in-residence at the Esalen Institute. During this time, he already suffered severely from diabetes and was assisted by Nora Arjuna, Leo Thompson and Leon Ryan until shortly before his death in Salinas, Californiain from diabetes, on the Mystery Of Love - Olatunji* - Flaming Drums !
(Reel-To-Reel) before his 76th birthday. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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