Babatunji Heath was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and raised in the American Midwest and has loved music of all kinds as long as he can remember.
First and foremost a music fan Babatunji has been learning to drum since 1979 and playing in bands since 1985. In 1987 he moved to Chicago and helped to create Dhamba 8, an 8-piece afro-beat-world-funk ensemble. In the early 90s he moved to Honolulu where built, with the help of friends, Junk Music Studios, an affordable, alternative rehearsal and recording studio and played drums with a variety of bands, including jam rockers Melodious Thunk; Mundo Muzik, a rock reggae trio; Doolin Rakes, an Irish folk rock band; Junk Jazz, a funk jazz septet and Kupa aina, a contemporary Hawaiian group.
In 2006 he moved to Hong Kong where he continued to make music performing for school kids and playing in clubs with Diving For Air, a rockin blues band; The Curs, an alternative country outfit; Bahouki, a Celtic quartet and the slamming rock-a-billy/surf band, El Destroyo. While there he also helped to build Green Door rehearsal studios.
Upon returning to Honolulu he had a part in forming The Heretics, a funk reggae jazz quartet and KokoHead Syndicate, a surf punk trio. He performed regularly with James McCarthy, with whom he also staged ‘The Set Up”. He teamed up with Josh 86 to set up Chinatown Recording Studios in the Old Blaisdale Hotel downtown where he recorded James McCarthy’s recent solo CD among others. He worked with the fine folks at Honolulu Theater for Youth as a Sound Designer for 2 plays and recently completed a CD for Jamarek, Honolulu’s epic 8 piece West African Drum High Life Fusion band!
Currently Babatunji plays congas with Kupa’aina and is really, really enjoying playing drum kit for this monstrously, fantastically, fun and funky band called GOOD FOOT!