Babatunde Olatunji

The spirit of the drum is something that you feel but cannot put your hands on,It does something to you from the inside out . . .It hits people in so many different ways.But the feeling is one that is satisfying and joyful.It is a feeling that makes you say to yourself, ‘I’m glad to be alive today! I’m glad to be part of this world!

I am that I am, I am beauty, I am peace, I am joy, I am one with Mother Earth. I am one with everyone within the reach of my voice. In this togetherness, we ask the divine intelligence to eradicate all negatives from our hearts, from our minds and from our actions. And so be it….ashe.

The evocative power of the drum can be compared to the Trinity. The drum’s frame comes from the trunk of a tree, and that tree has a spirit. It is not dead wood. There is also spirit in the animal skin. If there wasn’t, it would not produce sound. Those, plus the spirit of the person playing become an irresistible force.