Having come to the U.S. from his native Nigeria to study medicine, percussionist Babatunde Olatunji eventually became one of the first African music stars in the States. He also soon counted jazz heavyweights like John Coltrane ("Tunji") and Dizzy Gillespie among his admirers (Gillespie had, a decade earlier, also courted many Cuban music stars via his trailblazing Latin jazz recordings). And, in spite of it being viewed by some as a symbol of African chic, Drums of Passion is still a substantial record thanks to Olatunji's complex and raw drumming.
"The Artist's Channel" is a television channel watched on the computer via the internet that contains more than 100 hours of art instruction videos covering topics ranging from basic to advanced techniques in drawing, watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, printmaking and a number of other areas. Currently featured artists include Janet Walsh, Eric Wiegardt, Zoltan Szabo, Ellen Fountain, Johnnie Liliedahl, Jan Kunz, Michael Britton, Tony van Hasselt and many more.
The most basic compilation for American audiences interested in Pete Namlook's Fax Records is a two-disc set. Fax is easily the most traditional-sounding ambient label, and the music would make an equally strong impression on fans of Hearts of Space and Basic Channel.