Muruga Booker (also known as Steve Booker, Muruga, and Maruga) is an American born drummer, recording artist, and artist of Serbian decent. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Serbs ( Serbian: Срби Srbi) are a South Slavic people living in the Balkans and Central Europe, mainly in Serbia,
Booker was born Steven Bookvich in Detroit, Michigan on December 27, 1942. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. His father, Melvin Bookvich, was a shoemaker who played accordion. The accordion is a portable box-shaped Musical instrument of the hand-held Bellows -driven free-reed aerophone family sometimes referred to as a Squeezebox He has a wife, Shakti; a son, Aaron; and a daughter, Rani. Booker and his family moved back to the Detroit area from Oakland, California in 2000 and currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Ann Arbor is a city in the US state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County.
Booker first played the accordion before taking up drums as a pre-teen. A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells He studied drums under Misha Bischoff, a Russian music teacher. He first professionally played drums with "The Low Rocks" in Detroit as Steve Booker. Under that name he also achieved local recognition playing with the "Thunder Rocks" and Ted Lucas and The Spike Drivers, and was known for his long, driving drum solos. The Spike Drivers was a band from Detroit, Michigan and played from 1965 to 1967. He shared the bill at venues like Detroit's Eastown Theatre and Grande Ballroom with Ted Nugent (2/23/70), Traffic (6/5/70 & 6/6/70), Jack Bruce (2/13/70 & 2/14/70), and others. Theodore "Ted" Nugent (born December 13, 1948) (aka Traffic were an English rock band formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce (born 14 May 1943 is a Scottish -born musician composer and Singer.
At the first Woodstock Festival, where he played drums with Tim Hardin, he met Swami Satchidananda who gave him the name Muruga. Timothy James Hardin ( 23 December 1941 – 29 December 1980) was an American folk Musician and Composer Swami Satchidananda ( 22 December, 1914 &ndash 19 August, 2002) was an Indian religious figure spiritual teacher and Yoga In the late 1970s and early 1980s Booker lived in New York and played with David Peel on "King of Punk" and "Death to Disco," then moved back to Detroit in 1980 where he connected with funk legend George Clinton and became an official P-Funk All-Star. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous David Peel is a New York -based musician who first recorded in the Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid- to late-1960s when African American musicians blended Soul music, Soul His band at that time, Muruga and the Soda Jerks, had several albums produced by George Clinton.
In mid-1985 he moved to Oakland, California and formed the band Muruga UFM, which included Big Brother and the Holding Company guitarist James Gurley. Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U James Gurley (born December 22, 1939, in Detroit Michigan) is an American Musician. In 1990, after performing with Prem Das on the classic drum meditation album Journey of the Drum, he joined Merl Saunders and formed Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band with Jerry Garcia. Prem Das (also known as Paul C Adams) is a former associate Professor at Antioch College (West and the California Institute of Integral Studies Merl Saunders (sometimes spelled Merle) born February 14, 1934 in San Mateo California, is an American multi- Genre Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1 1942 &ndash August 9 1995 was a Musician, Songwriter, Artist, and Lead guitarist and
In 2000 Booker formed the band Muruga and The Global Village Ceremonial Band, which released the CD One Global Village, featuring P-Funk vocalist Belita Woods and jazz clarinetist Perry Robinson. Belita Woods is a former lead singer of late 70's R&B group Brainstorm Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States A clarinetist (also spelled clarinettist) is a Musician who plays the Clarinet. Perry Morris Robinson (born September 17 1938 in New York City is an American jazz clarinetist and composer They played at several festivals including the Starwood Festival, Rhythm Fest 1 with Mickey Hart, and Rhythm Fest 2 with Airto Moreira. The Starwood Festival is a six-day Neo-Pagan, New Age and multi-cultural festival presented in mid- to late July currently in Sherman New York. Mickey Hart (born September 11, 1943) is a percussionist and musicologist. Airto Moreira (born August 5, 1941) is a Brazilian Jazz percussionist and musician In 2002 his recording company Musart and the Association for Consciousness Exploration co-hosted the SpiritDrum Festival, a tribute to Babatunde Olatunji, also featuring Sikiru Adepoju, Badal Roy, Jeff Rosenbaum, Halim El-Dabh, Perry Robinson, and Jim Donovan of Rusted Root. The Association for Consciousness Exploration LLC (ACE is an American organization based in Northeastern Ohio which produces events books and recorded media in the fields Babatunde Olatunji ( April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian Drummer educator social activist and recording Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and World music. Badal Roy ( Bangla: বাদল রায় (born Amarendra Roy Chowdhury in Comilla, eastern Bengal, British India, 1945 is a The Association for Consciousness Exploration LLC (ACE is an American organization based in Northeastern Ohio which produces events books and recorded media in the fields Halim Abdul Messieh El-Dabh ( Arabic: حليم عبد المسيح الضبع; born in Sakakini, Cairo, Egypt on March 4 Perry Morris Robinson (born September 17 1938 in New York City is an American jazz clarinetist and composer Jim Donovan (born March 10, 1968) is a professional drummer and percussionist a recording artist teacher and lecturer Rusted Root is a band from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania known for their fusion of Grateful Dead style bluegrass rock with a strong In 2004, with most of the same musicians as Muruga & GVCB, Muruga formed the band Free Funk (also featuring Trey Lewd, and Louie Kabbabie), which plays mostly in the Detroit area. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " He also plays with Mark Hershberger, and Richard Smith as the Global Village Trio. Booker continues to work with George Clinton and play with the P-Funk All Stars whenever they performed in California, and occasionally elsewhere.
Through the 1960s, as Steve Booker, he recorded with Jim and Jean on "Changes" in 1964, and on "People World" in 1966. Jim and Jean, Jim Glover and Jean Ray, were a Folk music duo who performed and recorded music from the early 1960s to the late 1960s Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. He appeared on the Paul Winter Consort's "Something in the Wind," and recorded a meditation record with Swami Satchidananda in 1969. Paul Winter Consort is an American musical group led by the soprano saxophonist Paul Winter. Swami Satchidananda ( 22 December, 1914 &ndash 19 August, 2002) was an Indian religious figure spiritual teacher and Yoga During the 1970s he recorded with Darius Brubeck, Gunter Hampel, Al Kooper, Ursa Major, and with Weather Report on their album "Sweet Nighter" in 1973. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Darius Brubeck (b June 14 1947 in San Francisco California) is a jazz keyboardist and educator Gunter Hampel (born August 31, 1937) is a German Jazz vibraphonist, Clarinettist, Saxophonist, Flautist Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt, February 5 1944, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American Songwriter, Ursa Major ( is a Constellation visible throughout the year in most of the northern hemisphere Weather Report was an influential Jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s combining Jazz and Latin jazz with Art music, Year 1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. Muruga's band, Muruga and the Soda Jerks, were produced by George Clinton, and he recorded with George Clinton, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, and the P-Funk All Stars on the following records:
In mid-1985 his band Muruga UFM recorded "Terroristic Activities" 1990 and "Rock the Planet" 1993. Funkadelic was an African American music band most prominent during the 1970s William "Bootsy" Collins (born October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Funk Bassist, Singer P-Funk (also spelled P Funk or P Funk) is a shorthand term for the repertoire and performers associated with George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) In 1990 he, his wife Shakti, and Prem Das recorded the long-selling Journey of the Drums, a pioneering drum album. Prem Das (also known as Paul C Adams) is a former associate Professor at Antioch College (West and the California Institute of Integral Studies That same year, Booker joined Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia to record the Grammy-nominated album (and subsequent DVD) Blues From the Rainforest, and their live CDs Save the Planet So We'll Have Someplace to Boogy (1992) and "Fiesta Amazonica" (1998). Merl Saunders (sometimes spelled Merle) born February 14, 1934 in San Mateo California, is an American multi- Genre Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1 1942 &ndash August 9 1995 was a Musician, Songwriter, Artist, and Lead guitarist and The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences He also joined Babatunde Olatunji and Sikiru Adepoju to record the CD Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations 1993, which was later remixed and distributed on Chesky Records as Circle of Drums in 2005. Babatunde Olatunji ( April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian Drummer educator social activist and recording Sikiru Adepoju is a percussionist and recording artist from Nigeria, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and World music. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Chesky Records is a Record label aimed primarily at Audiophiles. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. With his Detroit-based band Free Funk, he recorded the self titled colored vinyl LP titled Free Funk in 2005 which is being released by Qbico Records. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Booker invented the Nada Drum, a variation on the talking drum, which was sold through Latin Percussion. The talking drum is a West African Drum whose pitch can be regulated to the extent that it is said the drum " talks " This article is about percussion instruments used in Latin music