A photo of Babatunde Lea

Babatunde Lea

Babatunde Lea has forged a career steeped in the rhythms of the Motherland of Africa and its Caribbean & South American diaspora. In the late 1960s the youthful 49 year old percussionist migrated westward to the Bay Area, where he was further immersed in global rhythms, courtesy of such affiliations as fellow percussionist Bill Summers (The Headhunters; Los Hombres Calientes) visionary ensemble Bata Koto. Tunde, as he is known to intimates, has drawn immeasurable experience working with such singular stylists as Leon Thomas, Pharoah Sanders, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, and a host of others.

Babatunde plays drums on ‘Vertical Clearance.’

    Releases by This Artist

  • The Cover of the Wide Hive release "Calvin Keys - Vertical Clearance"