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Song by Babatunde Olatunji
from the album Drums of Passion
Songwriter(s)Babatunde Olatunji
Producer(s)Al Ham

"Jin-go-lo-ba" (or "Jingo") is a song by Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji, featured on his first album Drums of Passion (1959). In Yoruba (Olatunji's native language) it means, "Do not worry."

The song featured "African-derived rhythms and chants" along with "swooping orchestration".[1] In his autobiography, Olatunji said that this was the only song on his first album that he claimed formal ownership of, meaning that it was the only song he received royalties for.[2] American disc jockey Francis Grasso described the song as "rhythmically sensual".[3]


It has been featured on the Wii playable dance-game, Just Dance.

Cover versions[edit]

It has been covered by Serge Gainsbourg, under the title Marabout and with no credit given to Olatunji, on his Gainsbourg percussions LP (1964). The song was also covered by James Last on his album Voodoo-Party (1971), by Pierre Moerlen's Gong on their Downwind album (1979), Candido Camero (aka Candido) on his Dancin' & Prancin' album (1979), by Steve Lee (songwriter) on his album FKW - Jingo (1994) and by Fatboy Slim on his album Palookaville (2004). A cover version was also released by independent dance act the Ravish Brothers (featuring a Hot Funky Daddy Groove) in 1988, in Lightwater, Surrey. The song was also featured in the Hindi serial "Chandrakanta" that aired on DD.

In January 1988 a hit cover version by Jellybean (John Benitez), from his album Just Visiting This Planet, peaked at no. 12 during a ten-week run on the UK singles chart.

Santana version[edit]

Single by Santana
from the album Santana
ReleasedAugust 1969
RecordedMay 1969
GenreLatin rock
Songwriter(s)Babatunde Olatunji
Producer(s)Santana, Brent Dangerfield

The song was also covered by Santana, on their first album (1969), though Grasso noted this version was not as popular as the original.[3] Spanish journalist Jose Miguel López stated that when Santana released "Jingo" as a single, it was first credited to Carlos Santana. Only years later the credits were corrected.[4] Other multiple editions of Santana's Jingo single, viewable under a Google image search for it, list the composer as A. Copland, evidently confusing this song with Part V. of composer Aaron Copland's "Statements for Orchestra," which is unrelated.


  1. ^ Shepherd, John (2012). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8: Genres: North America. A&C Black. ISBN 9781441148742.
  2. ^ Olatunji,Babatunde (2005). The Beat of my Drum: An Autobiography. Temple University Press. ISBN 9781592133543.
  3. ^ a b Lawrence, Tim (2004). Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979. Duke University Press. p. 34. ISBN 9780822385110.
  4. ^ http://www.rtve.es/ (4 May 2016). "Discópolis 9333 - Los sesenta 45 Santana". Discópolis (Podcast). Radio Televisión Española. Event occurs at 09:18. Retrieved 16 May 2016.