Wow ,sure was great to see the vid with Baba. Had the greatest time back in 69 when our manager at the Haunted House night club said to the band, we have to work on a sound that no one has heard and would make people dance or move in they're seats. I have a friend At UCLA in the music Dept I'll invite him to one of our rehersals. So the dude shows up at the rehersal listens to our original material and says, I've got this drummer friend from Africa I'll bring him to the next rehersal, he mentions no name.
I get to the following rehersal walk into the club and setting up some beautiful African Drums and not no Gon Bop or LP shit real Afro Drums is the Baba. I had heard of him through my Conga playing friends and here he was.Damn, I feel kinda nervous and he turns out to be one of the greatest human beings I have ever crossed paths with.
He listens and shares some of his ideas from the High Life music which he plays from western Arica. He then shows me some drum patterns to work on for the songs we are about to record with the band. He does four rehersals with us and we pick three songs to record and he's in the studio with us trying to help us find that sound.
We had some EP's made and sold them at the club kinda advanced for the time. we didn't have that smash recording but we had special times learning and sharing with the Baba.
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