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About Afrika Bambaataa
Giant Step’s biweekly DJ series at Hudson Hotel presents Afrika Bambaataa on Monday, May 18th.
Giant Step welcomes back one of hip hop’s three main originators of break-beat deejaying, Afrika Bambaataa, respectfully known as the “Grandfather” and “Godfather” of Hip Hop Culture as well as The Father of The Electro Funk Sound. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades es file explorer apk into the music and culture-oriented Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading rap and hip-hop culture throughout the world. Afrika has consistently made records nationally and internationally, every one to two years, spanning the 1980’s into the next Millennium 2000.
Due to his early use of drum machines and computer sounds, Bam (as he is affectionately known) was instrumental in changing the way R&B and other forms of Black music were recorded. His creation of electro funk, beginning with his piece “Planet Rock,” helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as freestyle or Latin freestyle, miami bass, electronica, house, hip house, and early techno.