I’ve always been infatuated with the drum. I remember when i was a child (maybe i was 3), i had a plastic drum kit, which i played with obsessively… at least for that first day that i had it! Although i’ve never owned a drum set or learned to play one, i since then been drawn to the raw rhythms that drummers conjure from the depths of the spirit world.
I do believe that drummers have the ability to communicate with the ancestors in a special way. Whether they’re playing the talking drum (my favorite), a djembe, a drum set, or whatever else, each beat definitely delivers a message to my being.
So, i share one of my many musical obsessions this Ol’ Skool Sunday. I hope the rhythms featured here bring positive energy to you as they do to me! Enjoy.
Babatunde Olatunji, “Jin-Go-Lo-Ba”
Max Roach doing a drum solo