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Circle of Drums

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Recorded in 1993 but only released in 2005, two years after his death, it's a mystery why this sat in the vault for so long. Here the Nigerian master drummer collaborates with Sikiru Adepoju and Muruga, and the results are as good as anything he released in his prime during the 1960s. He can conjure up a groove out of nothing, making it flow and ebb, while the drummers talk to each other with their instruments. It's not quite all percussion, however, as the one-string ektar fiddle, synth, chants, and even surprisingly hammered dulcimer enter the mix. Each of the six tracks gets time to develop, and it's the kind of disc that will have listeners performing workouts on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Recorded in 1993 but only released in 2005, two years after his death, it's a mystery why this sat in the vault for so long. Here the Nigerian master drummer collaborates with Sikiru Adepoju and Muruga, and the results are as good as anything he released in his prime during the 1960s. He can conjure up a groove out of nothing, making it flow and ebb, while the drummers talk to each other with their instruments. It's not quite all percussion, however, as the one-string ektar fiddle, synth, chants, and even surprisingly hammered dulcimer enter the mix. Each of the six tracks gets time to develop, and it's the kind of disc that will have listeners performing workouts on their bodies keeping up, however, is a different matter. It's readily apparent just how good these guys were during this session, making it sound so easy. Olatunji might no longer be with us, but on this disc he leaves a strong legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368029560
  • Catalog Number: 295

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stepping (Isise) (5:45)
  2. 2 Incantantions (9:04)
  3. 3 Dawn (Idaji) (8:59)
  4. 4 Embracement (7:44)
  5. 5 Ascension (Igoke) (10:06)
  6. 6 Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations (21:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Babatunde Olatunji Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Djembe, Ngoma, Ashiko Drum
Muruga Synthesizer, Drums
Sikiru Adepoju Drums, Shekere, cowbell, talking drum, Clay Drums, Gudu Gudu
James Gurley Strings, Ektara
Harry Ely Hammered Dulcimer
Shakti Vocals
Technical Credits
David Chesky Executive Producer
Sikiru Adepoju Composer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Babatunde Olatunji Composer
Aldo Sampieri Art Direction
Muruga Booker Composer
Nicholas Prout Mastering
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