Thursday, December 8

Babatunde Olatunji - Drums of Passion (1959)


"Having come to the U.S. from his native Nigeria to study medicine, percussionist Babatunde Olatunji eventually became one of the first African music stars in the States. He also soon counted jazz heavyweights like John Coltrane ('Tunji') and Dizzy Gillespie among his admirers (Gillespie had, a decade earlier, also courted many Cuban music stars via his trailblazing Latin jazz recordings). And, in spite of it being viewed by some as a symbol of African chic, Drums of Passion is still a substantial record thanks to Olatunji's complex and raw drumming. ... [The 2002 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds the track 'Menu Di Ye Jewe (Who Is This?)', which was recorded at one of the 1959 sessions for the album, but was previously unissued in the US.]"
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