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Baba’s Proteges

Considered the first ambassador of World Music, Babatunde Olatunji initiated a “World Music Revolution” that ultimately
included such legends as King Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela among others.
Recognizing the influence of African polyrhythms in jazz, some of Olatunji’s earliest fans were the jazz greats of the time;
men like John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, George Duvivier, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Taj Mahal,
Pete Seeger, Bill Lee (Spike Lee’s father), and Dance luminary Alvin Ailey. The list of people Olatunji played with included
Carlos Santana, John Coltrane, Tony Vacca, Madou Dembele, Sanga of the Valley (Anthony Francis), Sikiru Adepoju,
Gordy Ryan, James Cherry, Arthur Hull and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Babatunde Olatunji spread his messages
of love over five decades and inspired many artists and impacted many entertainment mediums.