The song featured "African-derived rhythms and chants" along with "swooping orchestration". 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. American disc jockey Francis Grasso described the song as "rhythmically sensual".
It has been featured on the Wii playable dance-game, Just Dance.
It has been covered by Serge Gainsbourg, under the title Marabout and with no credit given to Olatunji, on his Gainsbourg percussions LP (1964). It was also covered by Santana, on their first album (1969), though Grasso noted this version was not as popular as the original.
The song was also covered by James Last on his album Voodoo-Party (1971), by Pierre Moerlen's Gong on their Downwind album (1979), and by Fatboy Slim on his album Palookaville (2004). A disco version was also covered by Latin percussionist Candido. 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.
Another cover was also released by Jellybean aka John Benitez in 1987 from his album Just Visiting This Planet
- Shepherd, John (2012). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8: Genres: North America. A&C Black.
- Olatunji,Babatunde (2005). The Beat of my Drum: An Autobiography. Temple University Press.
- Lawrence, Tim (2004). Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979. Duke University Press. p. 34.