(Baba) Olatunji, the virtuoso drummer, and widely
proclaimed Father of African Drumming, celebrated
his seventy-fourth birthday with a party and tribute
at the Paramount Theater in New York City on April
7th and 8th.
Baba's American career began in 1958 with a performance
at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He
has performed at Carnegie Hall, and has delighted
audiences around the world. Baba was awarded a
Grammy in 1991. He is the founder of Voices of
Africa, a non-profit organization that raises
money for education and health care for impoverished
families in Africa.
music has inspired musicians from Carlos Santana
to Patti LaBelle. He continues to perform, and
give drum and dance lessons at the Omega Institute,
the Kripalu Center, and the Esalen Institute.