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DJ Shadow on Afrika Bambaataa
Sampling the godfather turntablist
"...the man who introduced the art form to music: Afrika Bambaataa. Shadow, born Josh Davis in San Jose, Calif.,..."

Sept. 11, 2014 Music Post by Abby Johnston

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Afrika Bambaataa
Minds were blown, booties shaken by day-one mixologist
" of the Universal Zulu Nation MCs asked as Afrika Bambaataa manned the turntables Sunday afternoon. “This is Hip-Hop..."

Nov. 9, 2015 Music Post by Tim Stegall

Fun Fun Fun Q&A: Afrika Bambaataa
Hip-hop pioneer predicts Martians breakdancing to “Planet Rock”
"...the birth of hip-hop, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa rightfully divvy up the lion’s share of credit...."

Nov. 5, 2015 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

Sunday Fun Fun Fun Fest Interviews
One of the founding fathers of hip-hop takes the Blue stage
"...Afrika Bambaataa2:55pm, Blue stage..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Music Feature by Thomas Fawcett

The Bass Drum Heard 'Round the World
How the Roland TR-808 drum machine revolutionized music
"...that led to the machine's unlikely ubiquity, starting with Afrika Bambaataa's innovative use of the instrument in the hip-hop..."

March 13, 2015 Screens Feature by Dan Gentile

Off the Record
Graham Williams of Transmission Entertainment breaks down this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest, while Ian McLagan and the Chronicle music staff sound off on the 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballot
" are not ready," warned the pre-recorded intro for Afrika Bambaataa Friday night at Club de Ville. Following two..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Music Column by Austin Powell

Mothership Connection
Space is place for the hip-hop race
"...Grand Wizard Theodore, and a grandiose community leader named Afrika Bambaataa. They'd pull their breaks off funk records, from..."

July 25, 2008 Music Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Jamaica Dancehall Legend General Smiley on Pioneering the Art Form and Settling in Central Texas
Austin Reggae Fest standout might as well call Austin home
"...hip-hop. No coincidence Kingston-born Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa all boast Caribbean roots...."

April 19, 2019 Music Feature by Thomas Fawcett

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Lineup Astounds
Wu-Tang Clan, Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo, and Venom top the list
"...Original renegade of funk Afrika Bambaataa is also slated to perform, as is brotherly..."

May 28, 2015 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

An Arc of Crystal Clarity
Rob chats with Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz of the Crystal Ark
"...We were at the Trans Europe Express show, and Afrika Bambaataa was at the show. It was the last..."

Jan. 10, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Rob Cohen

How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop, the Machine Speaks
Before babies could talk in TV commercials, there was World War II code-breaking technology
"...did the vocoder, falling into the hands of JFK, Afrika Bambaataa, Kraftwerk, and Vincent Price. It's a thick slab,..."

June 11, 2010 Music Feature by Audra Schroeder

Down by Law
More than two decades later, 'Wild Style' still stands as a hip-hop high point
"...into three camps. Kool Herc held down the northwest, Afrika Bambaataa the southeast, and Grandmaster Flash the center. Since..."

June 11, 2004 Screens Feature by Robert Gabriel

Playback: Black Metal, Gray Skies, Red-Hot Love
Sex, love, and nostalgia – recapping Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015
"...exceeded expectations. The Sabbath's blue skies welcomed breakbeat originator Afrika Bambaataa, who used his turntables to give a history..."

Nov. 13, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015, Sunday
"...Afrika Bambaataa..."

Nov. 9, 2015 Photo Gallery

Food Food Food Fest
Your guide to the best festival eating
" deserves to be enjoyed with seminal Bronx DJ Afrika Bambaataa, and Cold Ones' paletas will cool you down..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Food Feature by Brandon Watson

Sunday Fun Fun Fun Fest Interviews
Opposite spectrum, grand finale FFF headliners for Sunday

Nov. 6, 2015 Music Feature

Playback: Festicular Fortitude
Ten music festivals in 10 weeks? Bring it on.
"...lineup including Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, and Afrika Bambaataa...."

Sept. 4, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Gay Place: One Queered Up Year
This way a gay, that way a gay: Steer here, queers
"...if "Freddie Mercury, David Byrne, an early David Bowie, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Cure's Rob­ert Smith had gotten together..."

March 20, 2015 Column by Kate X Messer

Playback: Rap Reigns at SXSW
Snoop Dogg crowns SXSW hip-hop as keynote, the Cherubs may have topped Heroin Man, and Sparkplug becomes part of musicians’ shared economy
" see acts like Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Salt-N-Pepa, and Afrika Bambaataa when they first broke in the clubs," Swenson..."

March 13, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

ACL Live Shot: Chromeo
Canadians create a live experience out of push-button music
"...Ra, Kraftwerk, and Yellow Magic Orchestra, coming forward with Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” and then Zapp, with Roger Troutman...."

Oct. 6, 2014 Music Post by Kahron Spearman

Gay Place: DON'T Rain on My Parade!
Get your Pride parade seats early. This year is going to be a doozy.
"...Renegades of Rhythm Tour celebrates Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa. Edan and Paten Locke open. Thu., Sept. 18,..."

Sept. 19, 2014 Column by Kate X Messer

Gay Place
Austin's Gayest September Ever continues with aGLIFF and StarGayzer
"...Renegades of Rhythm Tour celebrates Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa. Edan and Paten Locke open. Thu., Sept. 18,..."

Sept. 12, 2014 Column by Kate X Messer

After a Fashion
Your Style Avatar with two tributes and an apology
"...if Freddie Mercury, David Byrne, an early David Bowie, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Cure's Robert Smith had gotten together..."

July 27, 2012 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop
This ain't yo' mama's version of hip-hop history!
"...founding fathers would address the contributions of Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash. The Big Payback: The History..."

Dec. 10, 2010 Music Review by Thomas Fawcett

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Blurbing SXSW 2010
"...walking party, boasting a résumé that includes nights with Afrika Bambaataa, Stretch Armstrong, and DJ A-Trak. – Chase Hoffberger..."

March 19, 2010 Music Feature

The Take Over
Zion I's language arts
"...on “DJ DJ,” homage to Kool Herc, Kid Capri, Afrika Bambaataa, and their 1970s revolution. Over the Zulu Nation’s..."

March 17, 2009 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday Picks
Blurbing Fun Fun Fun Fest one act at a time
"...ties to the Zulu Nation, having spun for buddy Afrika Bambaataa when the ship hit Austin last year. He'll..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Music Feature

Planet Rock
Austin, Texas, SXSW 2005
" the set's closer, a funky, cerebral exploration of Afrika Bambaataa's hip-hop anthem "Planet Rock." It was enough to..."

March 25, 2005 Music Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Friday Sleepers
SXSW picks & sleepers
"..."Ask." – David LynchVISIONARIES1am, Flamingo Cantina Recently inducted into Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation, L.A. supergroup Visionaries caps nearly a..."

March 18, 2005 Music Feature

"...flow, the idea that she encompasses the realization of Afrika Bambaataa's vision of a unified global hip-hop mutes such..."

March 18, 2005 Music Review by Robert Gabriel

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