For those who haven't heard of Afrika Bambaataa, the Godfather of hip-hop, his resume looks something like this:
1969-1971: Warlord, Black Spades, Bronx River Houses, Bronx NY.
Responsibilities included: Tagging turf; crossing enemy lines to forge relationships with other gangs, including the Savage Skulls and the Javelins.
1970-present: DJ, worldwide.
Training: Apprenticed with Kool DJ D and Disco King Mario before promoting parties with gang-neutral dress codes.
Achievements include: Naming hip-hop, the genre; identifying the Four Elements (DJing, MCing, breakdancing, and graffiti writing); expanding the reach of hip-hop through the inclusion of rock, soundtracks, and electronic music; recording landmark electro-funk songs “Planet Rock” and “Looking for the Perfect Beat” (both in 1982).
1973-present: Founder, Universal Zulu Nation.
Responsibilities include: Drafting a charter that incorporated African beliefs, world religion, and equality; expanding the organization worldwide to break down political barriers through music.
Achievements include: Establishing November as Hip-Hop History month.
The prophet Bambaataa brings his interplanetary musical message to Yoshi's S.F. this Saturday. He recently gave us a hip-hop tutorial by phone.