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Transcript of Afrika Bambaataa
by: Karim Fadel
God Father of Hip Hop
Born: April 10, 1960
Afrika Bambaataa grew up in The Bronx River Projects, with an activist mother and uncle.
Years active: 1972–present
Occupations: DJ, producer, activist
Genre: Hip hop, electro, disco
Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three originators of break-beat deejaying.
known as the "Grandfather" and the Amen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture.
Father of The Electro Funk Sound
Africa Bambaataa is the father of break-beat deejaying and has helped spread hip hop internationally through the Universal Zulu Nation. He is also well-known for his political and social involvement as he is for his musical achievements.
While a member of the Black Spades, he helped make the gang the largest in terms of both turf and membership in New York but soon converted his efforts to peaceful pursuits launching a number of projects that called on celebrities to help end of apartheid.
Bambaataa used his reputation as a DJ to form a largely nonviolent "gang," eventually known as Zulu Nation. Bambaataa started the Zulus as a social group at Stevenson High School before he graduated in 1975.
Afrika Bambaataa contributed to the music world greatly. He was also a political activist and helped end the aparthied. He has one the hearts of many and will continue to win the respect of many more.