Afrika Bambaataa
Afrika Bambaataa

Birth name

Kevin Donovan


17 April 1957 (age 59)


The Bronx, New York, United States


Hip hop, electro, disco, electro house


DJ, producer, activist

Years active



Tommy Boy, EMI, Winley, Capitol, DMC, Planet Rock

Associated acts

Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Busy Bee Starski, DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Kool Herc, Jazzy Five, MC G.L.O.B.E., Melle Mel

Kevin Donovan (born 19 April 1957), better known by his stage name Afrika Bambaataa, is an American DJ, record producer and activist from the Bronx, New York. He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop. Bambaataa is one of the originators of breakbeat DJing and is respectfully known as "The Godfather" and "Amen Ra of Hip Hop Culture", 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.


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