Muruga Booker

Muruga Booker is a percussionist with an incredible list of credits, from jazz to rock, world beat to techno-rave. He started drumming in Detroit in the mid 50s, playing with such legends as John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells, and with Jim & Jean on their albums Changes and People World in the early 60s. When he played with Tim Harden at Woodstock, he met Swami Satchidananda and began a three-decade quest in Sida/Kundalini Yoga, touring with Swami Muktananda and Ram Das, and eventually attaining the titles of Nada Yogi and Go Swami. He played with Paul Winter Consort on Something Wild in the Wind in '68, at Carnegie Hall with the Brubeck Generation in '71, and replaced Airto with Weather Report to record Sweet Nighter in '73. In the 80s he recorded several albums with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, and produced trance-drumming records with Prem Das. In the 90s, he was part of Merl Saunder's Rainforest Band, recording with Jerry Garcia on Blues For the Rainforest, did a CD with Babatunde Olatunji and Sikiru called Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations (renamed Circle of Drums for the 2005 Chesky release), and played with his own band, The Global Village Ceremonial Band, featuring ex-Big Brother guitarist James Gurley. He recently won the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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