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A Babatunde Olatunji Tribute

Drums of Passion: African Percussion, Chanting & Dance

July 06, 2014 – July 11, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Alalade Dreamer Frederick, Sanga Of The Valley, Bob Bloom, Mwagale Olatunji-Babumba... See More
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Original dancers and drummers of the late master teacher and Omega elder Babatunde Olatunji team up with Olatunji’s grandchildren to present an unforgettable workshop of West African drumming, dance, and chant.

Olatunji was a perennial favorite at Omega for years, bringing African culture to people from all walks of life by teaching African drumming, songs, music, folklore, and dance. Olatunji died in 2003, but his legacy of spreading music and love has endured.

This workshop is a tribute to that legacy and Olatunji’s mission as a cultural ambassador. It is the first time since Olatunji’s death that his personally designed workshop will be taught anywhere.

No experience in African drumming or dance is necessary; everyone is welcome.


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Things to Bring:

At least one conga or djembe; no drums will be provided.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


Alalade Dreamer Frederick, cofounder of the Ojobo Dance Ensemble, has been performing and teaching worldwide for more than 37 years. Committed to African culture, Alalade spent 15 years as dance captain, principle dancer, and workshop facilitator for Babatunde Olatunji and the Drums of Passion workshop. 

Sanga Of The Valley is originally from Trinidad. Playing African drums from an early age, he moved to New York City in 1970, where he met Babatunde Olatunji and became one of Olatunji’s students.

Bob Bloom began his studies of African drumming with Babatunde Olatunji in 1983 at the Omega Institute. In 1985, Bloom was appointed as a faculty assistant to Olatunji for his Language of the Drums workshops at Omega, a position he held for 18 years.

Mwagale Olatunji-Babumba is the eldest grand-daughter of the world renowned percussionist,  Babatunde Olatunji. She has been dancing professionally since she was nine years old and she often performed and presented workshops with Olatunji for many years.

Al-Akida Hassan Bradshaw has been a professional African percussionist for 25 years. He has performed nationwide with groups such as the Ojobo Dance Ensemble, Ballet International Africans, Bambara African Drum and Dance Ensemble, United African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and Babatunde Olatunji's Drums of Passion. 

Latifa Leak has been a professional dancer for 22 years and a member of many dance companies, including Babatunde Olatunji and his Drums of Passion, Ojobo Dance Ensemble, and Ballet international Africans. Her passion for the arts was instilled in her at a young age by her mother, Alalade Dreamer Frederick, a performer and dance teacher. 

Kozza Olatunji-Babumba is the grandson of Grammy Award-winning Nigerian percussionist, Babatunde Olatunji. At the age of six, Olatunji-Babumba got his start performing on stage with Olatunji at the age of 6 as part of Drums Of Passion. Since then, he has performed with Olatunji at such places as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, and The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

Kutendereza Olatunji-Babumba is the granddaughter of the world renowned Nigerian musician, Babatunde Olatunji. She has always had a natural knack for dance and developed her talent further by attending Boston’s first high school for the arts, Boston Arts Academy.