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HEALING SESSION

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Nigerian drum master Babatunde Olatunji was a phenomenon in the early-1960s when his landmark Drums of Passion inspired such diverse figures as John Coltrane, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His traditional Yoruban tribal drums and chanting choruses fell out of the American public's favor by the end of the decade, and it wasn't until the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart recorded with him in 1988 that the drummer was again in the spotlight. Recorded in 1992, before Olatunji began to lose his long fight with diabetes (he died in April 2003), Healing Session is a timeless and elegant exhibition of voice and drum's beauty. This traditional meditation music seeps into listener's subconscious and hypnotizes with its dancing poly-rhythms and stirring group chants. Ranging from the almost party-like "Emi Ka Sai D’arugbo" to the scary and stark "Mystery Of Love" to the downright stirring "Primitive Fire," a lot of emotional ground is covered, proving that this ancient music is far from primitive. --Tad Hendrickson

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Emi Ka Sai D'arugbo
  2. Adura
  3. Edunmare
  4. Ara Mi Le
  5. Mystery Of Love
  6. Watusi
  7. NeNe
  8. Primitive Fire


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B0000CDL5B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Skiff on June 16, 2006
I wonder if, as a 'reissue', this recording will fulfill the original purpose it was intended for. It was recorded sometime prior to 1992, issued as a limited print of only 1000 cassette tapes, would you believe, and quickly sold out at Olatunji's workshops and concerts during the next year. Then when Olatunji wanted to do another pressing the owners of the recording studio started the usual music biz low behavior and in effect held the master tapes hostage demanding Olatunji pay the studio a ridiculous amount of money, which he agreed to do, uncharacteristically. Then of course the studio upped their demand, not once but three times. So Olatunji walked away and, yes, did what any self respecting artist would do, he re-recorded the whole album independently and it was issued on CD as "Healing Rhythms, Songs, and Chants" which is also now virtually unavailable. -Anyway, to get to the music on the orginal sessions, it is one of the most pure examples of Olatunji's cultural vision ever recorded, a small ensemble imparting deeply moody meditational music in a highly pure, traditional mode. For the tens of thousands of Olatunji's former students from over 50 years of his workshops this recording will transport you back to the first time you sat down with the master drummer himself to learn traditional songs he taught using his 'gun-go-do-pa-ta' teaching method.Read more ›
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By A Customer on February 7, 2004
This album is not for everyone. I found this CD sitting in a Tower Records shelf where they let you listen to the disk. I sat there and listened through the whole disk in the store, looking for a good gift for my mom. I bought two copies of it, one for my mom, and one for me. It's simple, african music. Some of the vocals are a bit annoying the first time you hear them, but they grew on me after a minute or more. This is one disk that I keep putting on.
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The musicians and the music are great, and I still enjoy listening to this recording...I just wouldn't use this type of music for meditation.
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I love my other Olatunji recording, but this one does not touch me in the deep way his other work invariably does. This is in my not bad, not good file. Unlike the new Joe Cocker which immediately got thrown in the "stoop sale bin" for this spring.
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