Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa

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American DJ and pioneering hip hop artist.

Born April 19, 1957 in the Bronx, NY, USA. He adopted the stage name Afrika Bambaataa Aasim, after a nineteenth century Zulu chief. He is of West Indian descent and cousin of Edward Rudolph AKA Kool Rock Steady.
He grew up in New York’s South Bronx, his musical eclecticism matched by his vision of African American social and racial unity. In the mid-1970's he was one of the pioneers of New York’s emergent Hip-Hop culture of Rapping, DJ Mixing/Scratching, Graffiti and Breakdancing. Along with two other Bronx DJs, Grandmaster Flash and Kool DJ Herc (both also of West Indian origin), he began playing small percussive sections from obscure and unexpected rock, funk and electro-pop records as a rhythm track for rappers, interspersing the beats with extracts from cartoon melodies and film themes.
Inspired by the British film 'Zulu', Bambaataa had founded a loosely convened organization of hip-hop's cultural luminaries, called the 'Universal Zulu Nation'. Described as both a fan and a master of records, Bambaataa achieved one of his lifetime ambitions in 1984 by recording "Unity", a duet with James Brown.

Founder of the label Mellowvibes Records with German sprayer Zulu Ben.
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Afrika Bambaataa Discography Tracks

Albums

SPOCK 4CD, SPOCK 4 CD Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation* Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation* - Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation In Conjunction With Music Of Life Presents: Hip Hop Funk Dance Classics Volume 2(CD) Music Of Life, Music Of Life SPOCK 4CD, SPOCK 4 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone - Thy Will "B" Funk (Album) Planet Rock Music US 1992 Sell This Version
The Grand Rapmasters Featuring Afrika Bambaataa, MC Globe*, Pow Wow The Grand Rapmasters Featuring Afrika Bambaataa, MC Globe*, Pow Wow - Christmas Rappin' (Album) Essex Entertainment, Inc., Essex Entertainment, Inc. US 1992 Sell This Version
MOLCD 030 Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation* Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation* - Hip Hop, Funk & Dance Classics Volume 3(CD) Music Of Life MOLCD 030 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone - Warlocks And Witches, Computer Chips, Microchips And You (Album) Profile Records US 1996 Sell This Version
ZYX 20394-2 Khayan & The New World Power* Featuring Afrika Bambaataa Khayan & The New World Power* Featuring Afrika Bambaataa - Jazzin'(CD, Album) ZYX Music ZYX 20394-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa Zulu Nation War Chant (Album, Comp) Eurotrend Austria 1999 Sell This Version
PRLP 401 Africa Bambaataa* Electro Funk Mix-Down (Volume One)(2xLP, Mixed) New York DJ Service PRLP 401 US 2001 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock . The Dance Album (Comp, Album) Warner Strategic Marketing France France 2002 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa And The Millennium Of The Gods* Dark Matter Moving At The Speed Of Light (Album) Tommy Boy Australia & New Zealand 2004 Sell This Version
PRM 0004 Afrika Bambaataa & Timezone* Afrika Bambaataa & Timezone* - Everyday People - The Breakbeat Party Album(2xLP, Album) Planet Rock Music PRM 0004 US 2004 Sell This Version
BHY 101-LP D.J. Afrika Bambaataa* Zulu Rainin' Hell(LP, Mixed) Boo-Hooray BHY 101-LP US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force (6) / Harlem Underground Band Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force (6) / Harlem Underground Band - Zulu Nation Throw Down Paul Winley Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Bambaataa*, Zulu Nation, Soul Sonic Force* / Harlem Underground Band Bambaataa*, Zulu Nation, Soul Sonic Force* / Harlem Underground Band - Zulu Nation Throw Down (Volume #2) Paul Winley Records US 1980 Sell This Version
D.J. Afrika Bambaataa* Death Mix — Live!!! (Single) Paul Winley Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction (Maxi, Single, EP) Virgin Italy 1984 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown - Unity (EP, Maxi, Single, MiniAlbum) Tommy Boy Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
TB 879-7 Afrika Bambaataa Bambaataa's Theme (Assault On Precinct 13)(7", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 879-7 US 1986 Sell This Version
UKHAN 2 P Hardrock Soul Movement Featuring Afrika Bambaataa Hardrock Soul Movement Featuring Afrika Bambaataa - Funky Groove(12", Promo) Streetwave UKHAN 2 P UK 1986 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaata* Death Mix Throwdown (EP, Maxi, Comp) Blatant (2) UK 1987 Sell This Version
Enzo Avitabile And Afrika Bambaataa Enzo Avitabile And Afrika Bambaataa - Street Happiness (Single) EMI Italy 1988 Sell This Version
EM BAM 2 Afrika Bambaataa Sho Nuff Funky(12", Promo) EMI EM BAM 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa Ndodemnyama (Free South Africa) Warlock Records US 1989 Sell This Version
00 17933547 Tullio De Piscopo / Enzo Avitabile And Afrika Bambaataa Tullio De Piscopo / Enzo Avitabile And Afrika Bambaataa - E Allora E Allora / Street Happiness(7", Promo) EMI 00 17933547 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
Afrika Bambaataa Just Get Up And Dance (Maxi, Single) EMI USA Germany 1990 Sell This Version

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cubicle

August 11, 2017
edited about 10 hours ago
Whatever some rumors and what people think, we cannot deny his influence in Music.
We cannot denigrate the innovative aspect of his work, his talents as DJ, performer. His knowledge and culture in music and records.
He was able to bring together a youth with different affinities around a common home : Hip-Hop.
From a new musical genre, he has succeeded in turning it into a worldwide movement.
He allowed to spread this culture in Europe during the first European Hip-Hop tour in the 80’s.
He has influenced dance/electronic music by creating electro-funk style and Bambaataa’s hits will remain anthologic. This is the kind of charismatic people who have contributed to the evolution of music. Don’t play the game of haters. Don't forget where he comes from and where he grew up. Many leading hip-hop figures have their fictional storytelling and the internets like to boost the story. Nobody really knows the truth and only God can judge.

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