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Drums of Passion
Michael Olatunji
Drums of Passion
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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When he first appeared on the scene in America, Babatunde Olatunji was acclaimed by artists such as John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie; later, his influence was acknowledged by Carlos Santana and the Grateful Dead's Mickey ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Michael Olatunji
Title: Drums of Passion
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/5/1990
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Africa, Jazz Fusion, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074640821028

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When he first appeared on the scene in America, Babatunde Olatunji was acclaimed by artists such as John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie; later, his influence was acknowledged by Carlos Santana and the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart. As influential as this breakthrough record has been, it is delightfully unassuming, simply a straightforward excursion into the rhythms of Nigeria. "Akiwowo" is a joyful evocation of the rhythms that are created by a moving freight train. "Oya", "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba," and "Shango" all feature drumming of fiery intensity. Make no mistake, this recording is about rhythm and percussion, but don't overlook the fact that Olatunji has a distinctive and powerful voice. He uses it to fine effect on a number of pieces on Drums of Passion, at times soaring above the drums, then joining in harmony with others in his troupe. This is a rewarding album that truly deserves the decades of popularity it has enjoyed. --Jeff Grubb

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Bill S. from LAKE OSWEGO, OR
Reviewed on 3/30/2014...
Great music - don't need to add more to the fine reviews of this classic set of music. I do want to add however that Dylan mentioned him on his 2nd album in 1962 in the last song "I Shall Be Free". The verse as I recall:

"I was sitting there on the TV floor
I flipped the channel to number four
Out of the shower comes a football man
With a bottle of oil in his hand
Greasy kid stuff
Now what I want to know Mr. Football man
Is what're you gonna do about Willie Mays?
Martin Luther King?
Olatunji? !!"

CD Reviews

Drumming up passion in the 8th grade
04/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I teach 8th grade in an urban, primarily African American Charter School. I like to open my kids up to a variety of cultural experiences, ranging from their own backgrounds to those very foreign to them. One of the ways that I do this is through music. Well, my kids love "Drums of Passion" so much, that one of them apparently took it home and forgot to return it, so I am here to order another...they listen to this CD so much that they know the words "by heart", even if they don't quite understand them. It is a pleasure to watch them voluntarily play Olatunji's music, rather than beg to listen to popular favorites...if your percussion can win the hearts of 13 year olds, you've got to have something going!"
Inspired Many Musicians
wednightprayermeeting | Bellview, CA | 09/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is excellent traditional African music using various percussion and vocals. Very vibrant. Many tribal sensibilities are found in the rhythms."Jingo Lo Ba (Drums Of Passion)" was covered by Santana on their 1969 debut album.Great traditional music."