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Today visited the talented and lovely Lady J and her charming husband at their home.  I had heard her sing at the ObamaQue last week and just had to have a copy of her cd, “Inspirations.”  We exchanged numbers and after several phone conversations, a meeting date was set. She and her husband were so gracious and we spent time learning about each other discovering that we will be friends for a very long time to come. 

Visit her webpage by clicking on this link and enjoy! 



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It is amazing how we can forget and then remember, with great fondness, those who have touched our lives in deeply relevant ways. This reminder can be a word, a voice, an event, a sound. In my case, it was the picture to the left.   I was searching the net for international drumming festivals and organizations that would be associated with them.  I found Drums.org where the master Olatunji once served as an advisory board member.  That unforgettable smile so reminds me of my father’s.  It caught my eye and refreshed my memory of this giant. 

As a young woman in love with music, I was captured (at that time) by a gorgeous young man who also played the conga drums. He was the one who introduced me to this master teacher:  Babatunde Olatunji.   With such fond memories, it was with great sadness that I read the next few words: “passed away, Sunday, April 6, 2003, 7:30 am, age of 76.” How amazing! that, in my mind and heart, he was still wearing his earthen suit somewhere making sounds of joy and passion until I read those words.

So that I and others will never forget, I create this memorial space here among my entries and add this most marvelous photo of him in honor of his life, his work, and most of all — his music.  Amazing!

Babatunde Olatunji

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