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Babatunde Olatunji - Drums Of Passion (1959) Babatunde Olatunji was a virtuoso drummer who became a sensation in the '60s with his albums of traditional Nigerian drumming and chanting. He was a global ambassador  for peace. 

"Yesterday is history,Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present". ---Babatunde Olatunji 

 In 1969, Carlos Santana had a major hit with his cover version of "Jin-go-lo-ba" from Olatunji's first album, which Santana recorded on his debut album, Santana, as "Jingo". Olatunji's  subsequent recordings include Drums of Passion: The Invocation (1988),  Drums of Passion: The Beat (1989) (which included Airto Moreira and  Carlos Santana

 African Sanctus is a 1972 choral Mass and is the best-known work of  British composer and collector of world musics David Fanshawe. In  African Sanctus the Latin Mass is juxtaposed with live recordings of  traditional African music, which the composer had recorded himself  between 1969 and 1973 during a journey up the Nile, from the  Mediterranean Sea to Lake Victoria. 13 movements follow the journey  through Egypt, the Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. 

" Wow, I'm loving this. Thank you for something wild and sweet that calms me down. " quote from Tessa Ko. Say no more. This is great to zone out to for sure.

 Fela Anikulapo Kuti (15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also  professionally known as Fela Kuti, or simply Fela, was a Nigerian  multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and human rights activist. At the height of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa's most "challenging and charismatic music performers."   

King Sunny Adé

Singer-Songwriter. Chief  Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR, known professionally as King Sunny Adé, is a  Nigerian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the West  African musical style jùjú. One of the first African pop musicians to  gain international success, he has been called one of the most  influential musicians of all time. Check out this great video

 Sona Jobarteh is a  vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from the Gambia and the  UK. She was born in 1983 into one of the five principal Kora-playing  Griot families from West Africa – she is the first female professional  kora player to come from a Griot family. She is the granddaughter of the  Master Griot of his generation, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, cousin of the  well-known, celebrated Kora player Toumani Diabate as well as the sister  of the renowned Diaspora Kora player Tunde Jegede. 

 Orchestra Baobab is  a Senegalese band established in 1970 as the house band of the Baobab  Club in Dakar. Many of the band's original members had previously played  with Star Band de Dakar in the 1960s. Directed by timbalero and  vocalist Balla Sidibe, the group features saxophonists Issa Cissoko and  Thierno Koité, two singers, two guitarists and a rhythm section with  drums, congas and bass guitar. Since their formation, the band has  predominantly played a mix of son cubano, Wolof music, and to a lesser  extent Mande musical traditions.