Nigerian drummer who moved to California with a scholarship in the late fifties. Accepted as a brother within jazz circles (he played on Cannonball Adderley's African Waltz in '61). Carlos Santana's conga-player Marcus Malone go-betweened, landing Babatunde a Columbia (John Hammond) record deal and some gigs supporting The Grateful Dead. Came out on his debut album Drums Of Passion which is a literal translation of Jin-Go-Lo-Ba. See also: Akiwowo.
Oldest Santana recording on Live At The Fillmore 1968 (see also: Evil Ways); their first studio version at Paul Curcio's Pacific Studio. The same goes for Persuasion, Treat and Soul Sacrifice, three other tracks ending up on Santana's first official Columbia lp.