BFI Sci-Fi event: Afrika Bambaataa
in Conversation with Don Letts
BFI Southbank is delighted to announce it will welcome world
renowned Hip Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa to the stage on 1 December for a very special ‘in
conversation’ event hosted by filmmaker and musician Don Letts. Forming part of the BFI’s major,
UK-wide blockbuster project Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with O2, the
event is a centrepiece of Inside Afrofuturism, a dedicated programme of work celebrating black
visions of Sci-Fi, which will take place at BFI Southbank throughout November.
Affectionately known as ‘The Godfather’ of Hip Hop culture, Bambaataa developed the electro-funk
sound with ‘Planet Rock,’ the 1982 Hip Hop track that infused 808 beats with a techno-pop futurism
inspired by German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. Combining wrap-around sunglasses with Egyptian
and Native American headgear, Bambaataa’s unique look perfectly matches the ‘outer space’ vibe of
the sound he created. A seminal Bronx DJ during the 70’s, Bambaataa is one of the three main
originators of breakbeat DJing.
Through his Universal Zulu Nation collective – which includes De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and
The Jungle Brothers – Bambaataa has helped spread black consciousness and Hip Hop culture
throughout the world with a message of peace, unity, love and having fun. The BFI’s In Conversation
event with Afrika Bambaataa celebrates the 40th anniversary of Hip Hop, which according to the
Universal Zulu Nation was officially born in New York on November 12, 1974.Afrika Bambaataa comments: “In The Name of The Supreme Force. Who is The Source, Whom is
called by many Names.
“I Afrika Bambaataa am looking forward to come Shine the Light of The Stars, The Heartbeat of
Earth, The Sound of The Musical Universe Landing in The United Kingdom , of standing on the Science
of Life For the People of Earth and to celebrate The 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop Culture and The 41st
Anniversary of The Universal Zulu Nation in Harmony with BFI.
In Peace, Unity, Love and Having Fun with Positivity Reactions”
Exploring his life and work, Bambaataa will discuss Afrofuturism, film, music and more.
Afrika Bambaataa in Conversation, Hosted by Don Letts
Mon 1 Dec 2014 18:20 NFT1
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