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Afrika Bambaataa

Sean Wilson 2004, Afrika Bambaataa, Tokyo

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In 1982, an artist by the name of Afrika Bambaataa created a song by the name of Planet Rock. Soul Sonic Force is the name of the group featured in this song which consisted of Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay, Mr. Biggs, G.L.O.B.E., Whiz Kid and Pow Wow. This is a classic hip-hop song, mainly created for break dancing. This song is very inspirational to the hip hop culture as well as this specific style of dancing. I really like this song because of the message it gives to its listeners, the connections it gives trough African culture, and the positive influence it gave on the hip-hop culture.

Afrika Bambaataa is known as the godfather of hip-hop. He formed the group called Zulu Nation, which was his crew originally called “The Organization.” At first the group consisted of a break dance crew, but eventually there were emcees, DJs, and graffiti artists included.

Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force. Download now

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This song is more than just something to dance to. This song was for people to come together and have fun and create peace. In this video, there were many people of different races break dancing together. This shows how this song helped focus on dance and not color of skin. All these different people having fun dancing, break dancing, and battling, show a sense of diversity. Another reason this song is so diverse is because of the clothing the artists wear. They wear African clothing and colors and Native American feathers. This shows the connection with their African culture and understanding of Native American history.

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This song shows a strong connection with African roots through the style of dance it was made for. Break dancing comes from African roots. Capoeria is the original form of break dancing, created by the enslaved Africans in Brazil. It’s a mixture between dancing, and shadow boxing. This is the main thing that takes place in the music video. This connection is shown through each and everyone in the video that takes place in this style of dance.

Hip hop street dancing, aka break dancing, in ...

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A quote from this song is “love, life, live.” To me, this quote means love everything and everyone around you. There’s no need for hatred and things of the sort. Having a life full of more love and less hate will create more peace. “Life” is something we should all cherish, and should not waste. Everyone has a life and we should all appreciate what we have because some people don’t have what we have. “Live” meaning, live your life to its full potential, make a difference, and live for a purpose.


About Cameron

A 90's baby with an old soul. A full time student, (Psychology) & (Public Relations) from the Bay Area, California. Played basketball and drums all my life, amateur guitarist. Big fan of Old-School Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk & Soul music. I guess you can say I was born a few decades late.

2 responses to “Afrika Bambaataa

  1. Ganea ⋅

    Aha mann that’s the jam right there!!

  2. camcash21 ⋅

    Yes it sure is!

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