Michael Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist, and recording artist.
He won a following among jazz musicians, notably creating a strong relationship with John Coltrane, with whose help he founded the Olatunji Center for African Culture in Harlem.
He toured the American south with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and joined King in the march on Washington and also performed before the United Nations General Assembly.
He is credited with popularizing Highlife and Nigerian Folk music in the United States and in Europe, although he never received wide acclaim and popularity in his home country of Nigeria.
He has 17 recorded albums, including two released posthumously.