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Named by Life magazine as one of the "Most Important Americans of the 20th Century," Afrika Bambaataa's influence on Hip Hop and popular culture cannot be understated. He comes to SOBs on Sunday November 15th to celebrate 35 years of Hip Hop culture and the Anniversary of Zulu Nation. As one of the three main originators of break-beat deejaying, Bambaataa was an original hip hop visionary. He was both hip hop's ambassador spreading hip hop to the downtown scene, and it's leader, creating Zulu Nation, an organization for all of hip hop's participants. Bambaataa has been a major part of hip hop since DJ Kool Herc isolated the break on Sedgwick Avenue. A former Black Spades member with a infamous record collection, he created a new group called Zulu Nation that rejected violence and instead supported members of a cultural revolution that would be known as hip hop. Under his leadership, Zulu Nation became a support for the growing numbers of DJs, musicians, graffiti artists, and b-boys and b-girls. In the early 80s, Bambaataa started throwing parties downtown for largely white crowds, playing at legendary venues like the Mudd Club and the Roxy. Here he spread the message of Zulu nation and of Hip Hop culture in general, where he would eventually mix and influence all sorts of musical genres from pop to rock, funk to electro music, dance hall to punk. Bambaataa has continued to preform, from hosting 'True School at noon' on Hot 97 to DJ-ing on the 2008 Rock The Bells Tour. He has collaborated with acts like UB40, Boy George, George Clinton, Run-D.M.C., Joey Ramone, and James Brown. He continued to work for social justice, collaborating on "Hip Hop Artists Against Apartheid," and working with the African National Congress. Help us mark the 35th anniversary of the Hip Hop on November 15th with Afrika Bambaataa, for no celebration of Hip Hop culture would be complete without him.

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