Grammy-Award Winning Nigerian Drummer Sikiru Adepoju Unveils New Project, The Riddim Doctors, with Debut Single “Ajaja”

Sikiru Adepoju, the Nigerian talking drum and other traditional drums master with two Grammy Awards.
Sikiru Adepoju, the Nigerian talking drum and other traditional drums master with two Grammy Awards.

Song remake features the late Babatunde Olatunji, “world music pioneer” (CNN).

The Riddim Doctors’ forthcoming African roots project to release on MansMark Records

LOS ANGELESMarch 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Two-time GRAMMY-Award winner Sikiru Adepoju, a Nigerian talking drum and other traditional drums master, is unveiling his new collaborative project The Riddim Doctors’ with the album’s vibrant debut single “Ajaja.” Released via MansMark Records and distributed by DashGo, the song is available across all digital platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and more.

Sikiru’s brainchild, The Riddim Doctors is made up of himself and his brother Saminu Adepoju as well as Peter Fujii, Giovanni HildalgoIan HermanRichard Nagan, Femi Ojetunde and Douglas Val Serrant.

“The Riddim Doctors is a project I started to continue to celebrate African roots music while also giving it new life and blending it with other flavors,” Adepoju said. “‘Ajaja’ is the perfect first song to be released because it embodies the heart of the entire project. ‘Ajaja’ is a calling of the ancestral spirits, appreciating their contributions and presence as we celebrate life for a common good. The hope behind this album is to unite people in celebration of life and goodness.”

“Ajaja” is a fresh take on legendary drummer Babatunde Olatunji’s previously produced and released by Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead. The new version features his powerful lead vocals, combined with a careful blend of percussion and musical instruments created to lift the spirit of the listener. The song begins with a performance from Tabla drums king, Zakir Hussain and followed by the pop-styled vocal delivery of Bola Abimbola. The single and forthcoming nine-track album OPE, which means “give thanks” is releasing on MansMark Records, home to the final studio recordings of Olatunji.

MansMark Records exists to honor and celebrate the life of Babatunde Olatunji whose 93rd birthday commemoration is April 7 of this year. Its mission is to celebrate Olatunji’s legacy by using his music to promote love, peace, and elevation of humanity. That is exactly what “Ajaja” does, and MansMark Records is excited for the world to hear this inspiring version of “Ajaja,” especially at this crucial time as the world faces the Coronavirus pandemic. The hope is that the song serves as a healing remedy for the current weak spirit of the global community.

The infectious rhythms weaved into “Ajaja” permeate the entire nine-track album. The groovy project will feature stars including Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Jeff Chimenti of Rat Dog and Dead & Company, Osam EzzeldinPaul Tao El-ShaddaiJoe Smith, Bola Abimbola, Audio Angel (Rashida Clendening), Lindsey SchustJay Lane of Rat Dog and Sammy Fayoseh. The forthcoming album will release in spring of 2020.

To learn more about The Riddim Doctors, click here.

About MansMark Records

MansMark Records is the home of the last official studio recordings of Babatunde Olatunji. Prince Ayo Manuel Ajisebutu, founder of MansMark Records, is committed to upholding Olatunji’s legacy by associating his work with music and projects that promote love, peace, and elevation of humanity. Babatunde Olatunji is from Ajido Badagry Lagos State Nigeria. In 1992, he received a Grammy Award for his participation on Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum Project.

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