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1961 Michael Olatunji (Instrumental)
This is an African chant written by Michael Babatunde "Baba" Olatunji, the famer Nigeria percussionist (April 7, 1927 - April 6, 2003). Babatunde Olatunji was a virtuoso of West African percussion. His 1959 album Drums of Passion was a worldwide smash hit. He received a Grammy Award in 1991 for his collaboration with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart on their Planet Drum album. He was also the founder of the Voices of Africa foundation.
-From African Drumming - Babatunde Olatunji.

The "sh" sound indicates the sound of the scythes of the men in the fields in Africa. (Roger Nupie)

Recording sessions
1961 April: New York Village Gate
 
 
1961 August 13: New York CBS Camera Three
 
 
1963 July 4: Newport (US-RI) 9th Jazz Festival
 
1973 July 28: New York Philarmonic Hall
 
 
1988 September 20: Barcelona (ES) Mercat del Born
 
1989 October 23: Hamburg (DE) 14th Jazz Festival in der Fabrik
 
1997 December 18: Warsaw (PL) Kongresowa Hall