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Muruga Booker

Through the 1960s, as Steve Booker, Muruga recorded with Jim and Jean on “Changes” in 1964, and on “People World” in 1966. He appeared on the Paul Winter Consort’s “Something in the Wind,” and recorded a meditation record with Swami Satchidananda in 1969. During the 1970s he recorded with Darius Brubeck, Gunter Hampel, Al Kooper, Ursa Major, and with Weather Report on their albums “Sweetnighter” in 1973 and “Mysterious Traveler” in 1974. 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:
• 1985 – George Clinton – Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends
• 1984 – Muruga & The Soda Jerks – Boogy With You (45)
• 1983 – George Clinton – You Shouldn’t-Nuf Bit Fish
• 1983 – P-Funk All Stars – Urban Dance Floor Guerillas
• 1982 – George Clinton – Computer Games
• 1982 – Godmama (w/Bootsy Collins) – Here
• 1981 – Funkadelic – The Electric Spanking of War Babies
• 1993 – George Clinton – Hey Man, Smell My Finger
• 1995 – P-Funk All Stars – Dope Dogs
In mid-1985 his band Muruga UFM recorded “Terroristic Activities” 1990 and “Rock the Planet” 1993. In 1990 he, his wife Shakti, and Prem Das recorded the long-selling Journey of the Drums, a pioneering drum album. 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). 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. With his Detroit-based band Free Funk, he recorded the self titled colored vinyl LP titled Free Funk in 2005 which was released by Qbico Records. This band released the album OrthoFunkOlogy in 2008.

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  1. And credited for massages on the Red Hot Chili Pepper record Freaky Styley.

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  2. was a joy to do it all …GOD BLESS IN THE INNER LIGHT and G IS THE HIGH P

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  4. I’LL SEE YOU AT PJ’S LAGER HOUSE IN DETROIT MAY 2 , FRIDAY…WITH MY BAND MURUGA & THE COSMIC HOEDOWN BAND FEATURING TONY STRAT P FUNK THOMAS AND THAT NIGHT ALSO PETER MAD CAT RUTH OPENS AND PLAYS WITH US…MY WIFE SHAKTI SINGIN YAAAAAA….I LOVE PJ’S AND THERE BEER AND FOOD COOL PLACE DOWN TOWN…..KEEP IN FUNKY TOUCH AY
    https://www.facebook.com/muruga.booker
    HEAR AND BUY SOME SOUNDS HERE ALSO http://murugabooker.bandcamp.com/album/the-hand-i-was-dealt

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  6. /Users/stevenbookvich/Desktop/AAA Cosmic_hoedown_Hall_of_Fame-.mp4

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  7. YO THIS NIGHT MAY 2 IS GONA BE A BLAST AT PJ’S LAGER HOUSE 1254 MICHIGAN AVE DOWN TOWN DETROIT. Peter Mad Cat Ruth opens the set with as blues solo act with his many instruments then he joins my band muruga and the cosmic hoedown Band for the rest of the night,the band features TONY STRAT P FUNK THOMAS ALSO P FUNK ALL STAR FOR LIFE, and I hear Babbelin Louie K is coming to nod his head and rap there is a roomer gabe g is comin also alond with Detroit Soul master Melvin Davis crossin the road all….changing the sound of the room

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  9. PLAYING THE YPSI FUNK TOWN BLOWOUT
    MAY 30 @ THE CROSS ROADS BAR & GRILL
    517 WEST CROSS STREET YPSI. MICH.
    MURUGA & THE COSMIC HOEDOWN BAND
    Featuring TONY STRAT P FUNK THOMAS
    Special guest MICHAEL HAMPTON,….LOUIE BABBELIN KABBABBIE
    Blues Master….. PETER MAD CAT RUTH
    punker OF THE cult Heroes… HIWATHA BAILEY

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  11. THE INNER LIGHT OF SPIRIT IS THE CREATIVE POWER OF THE WHOLE COSMOS:
    YOU CAN ALSO B FRIEND ME @:
    https://www.facebook.com/muruga.booker
    OUR BAND IS LOOKING FOR A GREAT BOOKING AGENT OPEN FOR IDEAS THANK YOU

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  12. I AM THANKFUL TO GOD AND FANS FOR WINNING 2 AWARDS FROM THE DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS THIS YEAR,
    WORLD DRUMMER AND MUSIC.
    GOD BLESS ALL

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  13. MATTHEW 6:22 THE EYE IS THE LAMP OF THE BODY

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  14. BEING 71 TIMELESS YEARS OF AGE: i remember the old timers telling me that FUNK WAS THE SWEET AND SMELL OF SWEET AFTER WORKING VERY HARD….George once told me while on stage see hear them singers ? The funk came from the GOSPLE, and than when your into the music so deep, your on the ONE; thats FUNK!!! +

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  15. I’m thankful to George and My P Funk family, for creating this page to allow us to be here…God bless them all Amen

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  16. MURUGA & THE COSMIC HOEDOWN BAND FEATURIING TONY STRAT P FUNK THOMAS, PLAYING THE CONCERT OF COLORS JULY 13 SUN 2:00 PM OUTDOOR STAGE, COME EXPIERENCE THEM CHANGING THE SOUND OF YOUR ROOM WITH THE COSMIC HOEDOWN

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  17. yo the FATHER SHIP IS LANDING TONIGHT WITH MY BAND MURUGA 7 THE COSMIC HOEDOWN BAND AT WITH ABOTHER P FUNK ALL STAR ON GUITAR TONY STRAT P FUNK THOMAS PHYSODILICKS:Diesel Concert Lounge is listed 2 ways. 33151 23 Mile Rd, Chesterfield, MI 48047 per the Diesel web site AND 33151 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047 on GOOGLE. (LOCATED INSIDE THE PREMIER BOWLING COMPLEX) which advertises “Cosmic Bowling”. Both ways work.
    4 hours ago

    23 Mile Rd. is M-29 is Exit 243. Use this exit and go right 2.2 miles and inside PREMIER Cosmic Bowling Alley on left.

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  18. LATEST JAZZ ALBUM

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  19. HI ALL, FRI. MARCH 27, 2015
    THE ESONIC BOOM WITH MURUGA
    WILL BE DOING A CONCERT
    AT THE CROSSROADS BAR 7 GRILL
    517 CROSS STREET, YPSILANTI MI
    OPENING BANDS WILL BE
    THE SWITCHBACKAS & THE CORRIDORS
    DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 PM …MURUGA ON AT 12:00
    COVER $5.00 $8.00 FOR UNDER 21
    https://www.facebook.com/muruga.booker

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  20. Muruga & the Cosmic Hoedown Band todat 2:00 in the concert of colors wolverene stage and we have been asked to play “Maggot Brain” for the Don Was All-Star Review/tribute to the WJLB announcer The Electrifying Mojo at the Concert Of Color Festival Max M. Fisher Music Center – Orchestra Hall tomorrow at 8:00 PM. The song, by Eddie Hazel while with the George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic, is #60 on the Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs. It is one of our best songs on our CD “Changing The Sound of Your Room”, Current Magazine’s Best of 2015 Readers Choice Award for Music Local Album. Both Muruga Booker and Tony Strat P-Funk Thomas from “Muruga & The Cosmic Hoedown Band”

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  21. Praise The LORD. and let’s get the Music flowing,,…

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  22. I miss seeing you George ,Joey Z comes to mind and sO think about you…and also Jaggers…What ever did you do with the anti-crack dmokin song you played for me at the Disc but you never released it….It would be a great anti drug song for the masses.

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    • WE WILL WORK ON THAT THANK YOU GOD BLESS

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    • LINK ABOVE IS IT

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  23. My new album with tony newton LIVING FIRE
    https://murugabooker.bandcamp.com/album/living-fire

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  27. I'”m also happy to say this album with G and the P Funk All Stars is in second phase for voting to be nominated…. thank you All and thank you G and my all star bros for there support: love in the funky spirit light muruga booker
    https://murugabooker.bandcamp.com/track/let-the-butterfly

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  29. This is a duet album with my dear bro from over 50 years ago ,Tony Newton bass master from Michael Jackson to Jazz Drum master Tony Williams and recorded and played with all of Motown, now together we recorded this new jam band jazz world funk album ,trancing out and going free into the ONE in Spirit…. CALLED LIVING FIRE
    https://murugabooker.bandcamp.com/album/living-fire

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