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Afrika Bambaataa

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Afrika Bambaataa
Afrika Bambaataa in April 2009
Afrika Bambaataa in April 2009
Background information
Birth nameLance Taylor
Born (1957-04-17) April 17, 1957 (age 67)
OriginNew York City, U.S.
  • DJ
  • producer
  • rapper
Years active1977–2013

Lance Taylor (born April 17, 1957), also known as Afrika Bambaataa (/ˌæfrɪkə bæmˈbɑːtə/), is an American DJ, rapper, and producer. He is one of the founders of breakbeat DJing. His third single "Planet Rock" (1982) reached number 48 on the U.S. pop albums chart.[2]

Bambaataa was born to Jamaican and Barbadian immigrants in the South Bronx, New York.

Bambaataa was a member of the Black Spades. He quickly became a warlord of one of the divisions. His job as warlord was to build ranks and expand the territory of the young Spades. He was not afraid to cross territories to build relationships with other gang members, and with other gangs. The Spades became the biggest gang in the city, both in membership and territory.

References[change | change source]

  1. Shapiro, Peter, ed. (2000). Modulations: A History of Electronic Music. New York: Caipirinha Productions Inc. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-891024-06-1.
  2. "Afrika Bambaataa - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 22, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2022.