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Y3 CYCLE C: World Music Traditions: West African Djembe - Babatunde Olatunji

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Genre: World Musical Traditions

Style: West African Djembe


Composer: Babatunde Olatunji (1927-2003)


enlightened He was a pioneering drummer, releasing 17 albums in his lifetime.

enlightened He is said to have introduced 'world music' to the western world.

 enlightenedAfter gaining a scholarship to attend an American University - he encountered much racism. He and his friends challenged this despite the threat of prison for their efforts.


The West African Djembe Drum

Babatunde Olatunji brought djembe drumming to the wider world - here's a intro to this beautiful and versatile drum. Get inspired!

African Drumming: Lesson 1: The Djembe

Farai introduces you to the djembe and talks about its historical importance to the Mali Empire.

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Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Jin-Go-Low-Bah) - Babatunda Olatunji

Album: Drums of Passion

Babatunde Olatunji - African Drumming

Jingo - Carlos Santana (featuring Babatunde Olatunji)

'My child' - Youssou Ndour (feat Babatunde Olatunji)

Watch Ms Cawley's Music Lesson to learn more!

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For Black History Month, we highlight and celebrate some INCREDIBLE performances.



Randall Goosby

Genre: Classical

As well as playing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls already, American violinist Randall Goosby is a passionate advocate for diversity in classical music, a champion for music education, and a performer who looks out for opportunities to inspire people at every turn.

(Thank you Mrs. Chowdhury for the suggestion!)

Randall Goosby - Gershwin "It ain't necessarily so" from Porgy and Bess


Stevie Wonder

Genre: Funk / Soul 

What a legend! This blind musician needs absolutely no introduction! 

Stevie Wonder - Superstition (1974)


Soweto Gospel Choir

Genre: African Gospel Music

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world. 

(Thank you Ms. Huxtable for the suggestion!)

Soweto Gospel Choir - UMBOMBELA


Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner)

Genre: Progressive R&B / Jazz

This Grammy Award winning artist, who uses the stage name Thundercat, has worked with legends Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. This is one of his best songs featuring a very uplifting message about resilience in the video.

Thundercat - 'Show You The Way' (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)



Genre: Pop/ R&B

The legendary Beyoncé performing 'Halo' acoustically with some excellent backing vocals! This was performed live at the National University Hospital for sick children in Singapore.

(Thank you for the suggestion Ms. Huxtable!)

Beyoncé - Halo (Acoustic)

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Let's celebrate with a daily dose of INCREDIBLE music!


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