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Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms National; Dealin' with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji

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In this clip African drummer Babatunde Olatunji talks about the formation of the Olatunji Dancers, Singers and Drummers as a reaction to the misconceptions of Africans and the culture of Africa portrayed in the Hollywood films of the 1950s. Overall the program consists of numerous segments related to African heritage, the first of which is an excerpt from a filmstrip on the fall of the Songhay Empire in West Africa by the Afro Audiovisual Company of Boston. Additional segments include "Bookbeat," a "Spotlight" stage performance by actress Beah Richards, "Dealin'" with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji, "Information" on traveling to Africa, and "Commentary" by Sarah-Ann Shaw on the lack of African history lessons in the American classroom. Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
Ancient African Kingdoms National
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Dealin' with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

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Olatunji, Babatunde
Ceesay, Momodou, 1945-
African Americans--Attitudes
African American women
Musicians, Black
Afro Audiovisual Company (Boston, Mass.)
Drummers (Musicians)
Richards, Beah E.
African American actresses
Africa, West--History
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
DeVitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Lewis, Webster (Music Coordinator)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Burnett, Hayes (Music Coordinator)
Crippens, David (Host)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms National; Dealin' with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji,” 10/29/1975, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms National; Dealin' with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji.” 10/29/1975. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Ancient African Kingdoms National; Dealin' with African drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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