Nigerian-born drummer Michael Babatunde Olatunji grew to worldwide fame from the past due ’50s along with his groundbreaking 1959 Capitol Information debut Drums of Interest. The record was a big success, remaining on the net for many years and standing among the first types of the American record-buying open public taking a pastime in worldwide music. Jazz kingpin John Coltrane had taken a specific liking to Olatunji’s music, and both became friends, ultimately going as far as to collaborate within the starting of Olatunji’s Middle for African Tradition in Harlem, an organization founded in 1965 to provide classes focused around African tradition. Along with documenting his personal albums through the entire 40-yr period pursuing Drums of Enthusiasm, Olatunji used a bunch of stand-out performers of multiple styles, making guest looks on information by jazz greats like Cannonball Adderley, Horace Metallic, and Utmost Roach, aswell collaborating with performers who went the range, from Stevie Question to Bob Marley. Acoustic guitar rock and roll gods Santana re-interpolated an Olatunji structure on the debut album, and many members from the Thankful Dead added to his 1986 recording Dance towards the Defeat of My Drum. Olatunji continued to work carefully with Grateful Deceased drummer Mickey Hart and vocalist Flora Purim on earth Drum task. His function was tireless and included focus on music for movies and Broadway productions, drumming workshops, politics activism, and an extended stint being a musical educator. Olatunji experienced diabetes and finally succumbed to the condition in 2003, but he positively recorded and trained within the years before his death, abandoning a legacy of recovery music and public outreach.
|1||Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2001.|
|2||Nigerian drummer, vocalist, composer, dance choreographer, teacher, author and social activist. He lived and performed for many years in New York City.|
|Rocker||1972||TV Movie writer: "Jingo"|
|Stamping Ground||1971||Documentary writer: "Jingo"|
|Freeform||1970||Documentary short writer: "Jingo" - uncredited|
|Public Speaking||2010||Documentary writer: "New York USA" - as Michael Babatunde Olatunji|
|Burning the Map||2002||Video documentary performer: "Initiation Dance" / writer: "Initiation Dance" - as M.B. Olatunji|
|The Sopranos||2002||TV Series writer - 1 episode|
|Lightdance||1995||Video documentary short writer: "Ji-Go-Lo-Ba Jingo"|
|Camp Nowhere||1994||writer: "BONES"|
|The Rise and Fall of Ivor Dickie||1978||Documentary performer: "Jin Go La Ba" - as Michael Olatunji / writer: "Jin Go La Ba"|
|Sharon in the Rough||1976||performer: "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba" - uncredited|
|Pleasure Island||1975||writer: "Jingo" - uncredited|
|In the Blood||1989||Documentary composer: additional music|
|The Serpent and the Rainbow||1988||musician: percussion|
|She's Gotta Have It||1986||composer: additional music|
|The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water||2004||Documentary||Himself|
|The End of the Road||2001||Documentary||Himself|
|Late Night with David Letterman||1987||TV Series||Himself|
|To Tell the Truth||1958||TV Series||Himself|
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