Babatunde Olatunji, father of African music in the United States, passes

Moorer, Talise D.
April 2003
New York Amsterdam News;4/10/2003, Vol. 94 Issue 15, p4
Fans around the globe mourn the loss of the master drummer and father of African music in the U. S., Michael Babatunde Olatunji, who succumbed to complications from diabetes on April 6, 2003 at a hospital in Selina, California. Olatunji was born in 1927 in Ajido, Nigeria, a small fishing village about 40 miles from Lagos, Nigeria's capital.With money earned from the New York World's Fair, in 1964 Olatunji opened the Olatunji Center for African Culture in Harlem.


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