Babatunde Lea
Babatunde Lea


Babatunde Lea’s vast experience of nearly forty years as a master percussionist, as well as the spiritual depth and resonance he brings to everything he does, has made him one of the most esteemed musicians of the past half century. The way that music connects with audiences and with the rhythms of our everyday lives is essential to his musical philosophy: “I draw a lot from African culture, and one of the main things I’ve come to understand is that music is functional; in African culture, music accompanies everything… from birth ceremonies to funerals. The music is there to open people up to the deepest experiences of life. Music is a resource like oil or water; it does the bidding of who controls it. For my part, I know exactly what I want done with the energy I create with my music. It is my wish that my music will empower people to look within and become agents of peace and change in their hearts, in their families and in the world at large.”



Artist News

November 11, 2015

The long-awaited debut album from master percussionist, scholar, composer and living repository [ More ]

October 29, 2015

The Royal Bopsters’ five-night run at Birdland featured five vocal jazz legends—Jon [ More ]

October 26, 2015

An era ended October 23rd with the passing of Mark H.Murphy, one [ More ]

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