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Re: Babatunde Olatunji passes on
sweet lance. thanks for ther homage. wish i could have know this chap.
----- Original Message -----
From: Lance Chance <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2003 8:48 AM
Subject: Re: Babatunde Olatunji passes on
> thanks. he was an influence on me as well.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rick Walker/Loop.pooL" <GLOBAL@cruzio.com>
> To: "LOOPERS DELIGHT" <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2003 6:52 PM
> Subject: OT: Babatunde Olatunji passes on
> > I just recieved the very sad news that the wonderful
> > Nigerian drummer and Emissary for Peace and Community,
> > Babatunde Olatunji passed on after a long series of health
> > crises.
> > Baba was an amazing spirit!!! He put desire to unify people
> > above any other thing in his work and was an Ambassador for
> > World Peace and multi-cultural diversity and love.
> > He was as much a spiritual father to me as a drumming father, even
> > I toured and recorded with him for a while and first was attracted to
> > because of his drumming skills.
> > He was also the first adult male who ever approved of me and my musical
> > choice in
> > life and gave me the courage and support to become a true artist. He
> > nurtured me and he loved me like a son and,indeed, went on to become
> > my official godfather. He called me 'captain'. Why, I'll never be
> > it felt good to me.
> > One day, many years ago, he called Arthur Hull (the famous community
> > circle facilitator) and I together for a breakfast business meeting and
> > asked if I would become his official world touring manager in a dual
> > a performing member of his ensemble. I was flattered beyond belief
> > felt that I really wanted to be an artist and humbly turned him down.
> > was very gracious and supportive of me then, even though it didn't
> > purposes to have me turn him down.
> > At that meeting, he was reading a newspaper headline about the then
> > president, George Bush, Sr. I made some scathing remark about how
> > hated
> > George Bush's politics. Baba scolded me and said, "No, no, captain,
> > pray for the president every single day when I shower".
> > I was aghast........."But Baba, He is doing horrible things to people
> > around the world in the name of our country".
> > And he replied............"He is the president of this country and
> > all over the world look to him for his views, so every single day I
> > that he does the right thing...........I pray that he makes the most
> > compassionate and selfless decisions that will affect the people of
> > country and the world. I pray that he can become a great leader."
> > His response completely changed me. Before this point, I had feared
> > resented and hated the people in power who abuse their power. I
> > realized that
> > you praying for them to do the right things represented a paradigm
> > the way I looked at politics and change. Baba showed me that the way
> > comport yourself in your life has everything to do with the ability of
> > things to change for the positive.
> > If what the Dalai Lama says is true (and I believe it is), that there
> > us and then, but that there is only US", then it means our work is cut
> > for us in this lifetime for, as Michael Franti of Spearhead says,
> > Peace amongst human beings on this planet will take many generations to
> > accomplish.............consequently we need to dedicate our selves to a
> > lifetime of
> > work in an attempt to create the world that some day, long after we are
> > gone, will make the world a better place...............the place that
> > wish was here today."
> > God bless you Baba...................Thank you for everything, old
> > man......I love you.
> > Rick Walker