Personalities | Afrika Bambaataa | Eighties | Rock
(DJ/rap artist, b. 1960)
As a DJ, Bambaataa (b. Kevin Donovan) was at the forefront of the rise of hip hop in the late 1970s. In 1982, he released ‘Planet Rock’, which borrowed from Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans-Europe Express’, and essentially invented electro. In the mid-1980s he collaborated with both John Lydon and James Brown. His debut album, Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere) arrived in 1986. His immeasurable influence on progressive black music continued as he nurtured the likes of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest.
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