Music composed by David Rippy and Stephen Rippy
And in the running for most funky battle music goes to... erm... Battle. Man, these track names for Age of Empires weren't that creative. Anyway, as mentioned, this is a pretty groovy piece of battle music thanks to the tribal drums. When the synths kick in at 00:28, the track becomes the soundtrack for an epic 90s action flick set in Africa, well at least that's what I imagine when listening to it :).
Special thanks to the Video Game Music Preservation Foundation (VGMPF) for extracting this music and creating a wiki to record information on these classic pieces of video game music.