Babatunde Olatunji quotes

  • The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed....which hasn't gotten us anywhere - now's the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Greed #World #Want

  • Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Soul #Trouble #Rhythm

  • I am that I am, I am beauty, I am peace, I am joy, I am one with Mother Earth. I am one with everyone within the reach of my voice. In this togetherness, we ask the divine intelligence to eradicate all negatives from our hearts, from our minds and from our actions. And so be it....ashe.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Mother #Heart #Voice

  • The spirit of the drum is something that you feel but cannot put your hands on, It does something to you from the inside out . . . It hits people in so many different ways. But the feeling is one that is satisfying and joyful. It is a feeling that makes you say to yourself, ' I'm glad to be alive today! I'm glad to be part of this world!
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Hands #People #Feelings

  • Only indiscriminate love can make us free.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

  • The evocative power of the drum can be compared to the Trinity. The drum's frame comes from the trunk of a tree, and that tree has a spirit. It is not dead wood. There is also spirit in the animal skin. If there wasn't, it would not produce sound. Those, plus the spirit of the person playing become an irresistible force.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Animal #Tree #Skins

  • Drumming is the simplest thing that we can do to bring us together.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Together #Drumming #Simplest

  • Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm.
    -- Babatunde Olatunji

    #Drumming #Action #Rhythm

  • I certainly understand that we're all trying to make a living, but I'm not thinking about that when I'm making it. And if that's your sole motivation, it's going to reflect that narcissistic greed and you're going to hear it in the music.

  • Greed is permanent slavery

  • It's our greed to extract more and more from good that turns it into evil.

  • You either get the point of Africa or you don't. What draws me back year after year is that it's like seeing the world with the lid off.

  • The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.

  • As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

  • Photographs are of course about their makers, and are to be read for what they disclose in that regard no less than for what they reveal of the world as their makers comprehend, invent, and describe it.

  • And how am I to face the odds Of man's bedevilment and God's? I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made.

  • I, a stranger and afraid, in a world I never made.

  • If you want to go to the mall, you have to take security. But it's always cool. The kids are amazing.