Afrika Bambaataa

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Reggae, Hip Hop, Breakbeat, Rave and Electronic Dance Music act.


Kevin Donovan (born April 17, 1957), better known by the stage name Afrika Bambaataa, is an American DJ from the South Bronx, New York.

He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of Hip Hop culture.

Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of Breakbeat DJing and is respectfully known as "The Godfather" and "Amen Ra of Hip Hop Kulture", as well as the father of "Electro Funk".

Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Universal Zulu Nation, he has helped spread Hip Hop culture throughout the world.


Albums List

Year Album Label
1983 Death Mix Paul Winley Records
1985 Sun City Manhattan/EMI
1986 Planet Rock: The Album Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere) Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
1987 Death Mix Throwdown Blatant
1988 The Light EMI America Records
1991 The Decade of Darkness 1990–2000 EMI Records
1992 Don't Stop... Planet Rock (The Remix EP) Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
1996 Jazzin (Khayan album) ZYX Music
Lost Generation Hottie
Warlocks and Witches, Computer Chips, Microchips and You Profile/Arista/BMG Records
1997 Zulu Groove (Compilation) Hudson Vandam
1999 Electro Funk Breakdown DMC
Return to Planet Rock Berger Music
2000 Hydraulic Funk Strictly Hype
Theme of the United Nations w/ DJ Yutaka Avex Trax
2003 Electro Funk Breakdown (Compilation) DMX
Looking for the Perfect Beat: 1980-1985 (Compilation) Tommy Boy/Rhino/Atlantic Records
2004 Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light Tommy Boy Entertainment
2005 Metal Tommy Boy Entertainment
Metal Remixes Tommy Boy Entertainment
2006 Death Mix "2" Paul Winley Records
2017 Bring It Up Dance Floor Corporation

Singles List

Year Title Label
1980 "Zulu Nation Throwdown" Winley Records
1981 "Jazzy Sensation" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
1982 Planet Rock" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
"Looking for the Perfect Beat" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
1983 "Renegades of Funk" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
"Wildstyle" Celluloid Records
1984 "Unity" (with James Brown) Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
"Frantic Situation" (with Shango) Atlantic Records
"World Destruction" (with John Lydon) Celluloid Records
1986 "Bambaataa's Theme" Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
1988 "Reckless" (with UB40) EMI
1990 "Just Get up and Dance" EMI
1993 "Zulu War Chant" Profile/Arista Records|Arista/Bertelsmann Music Group|BMG Records
"What's the Name of this Nation?...Zulu" Profile/Arista/BMG Records
"Feeling Irie" DFC
1994 "Pupunanny" DFC
"Feel the Vibe" (with Khayan)
1998 "Agharta - The City of Shamballa" (with WestBam) Low Spirit Recordings