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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, October 12, 2004

    Questions for Afrika Bambaataa

    Tomorrow morning I'm interviewing the godfather of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa.

    He's coming out with a new album "Dark Matter: Moving at the speed of light" at the end of October. The album is sure to be a mainstay at clubs, with fast funk and dance beats laced with lyrics that stick.

    Africa Bambaataa established the grassroots hip-hop organization Universal Zulu Nation in 1973, hip-hop has become a phenomenon. Everyone from pre-adolescents to baby boomers listen, but many hard-core hip-hop heads criticize that fans forget the originators of the game.

    A good example: when I wrote
    a story on the inventor of the scratch -- GrandWizzard Theodore -- many of my friends (hip-hop fans) didn't know there existed a single inventor. But when I called up the man at his home, he was more than willing to share his story.

    The story goes that in 1975, GrandWizzard Theodore was messing around on his turntables at home. When his mother banged at the door, he scrambled to turn the music down, and ran his fingers over the record -- creating the "scratch" effect.

    "I was making a tape, had one record playing while running the other record back and forth," says
    GrandWizzard Theodore, who teaches at New York's Scratch DJ Academy, co-founded by the late Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. "

    So, if any of you have questions for the man who started it all,
    Afrika Bambaataa, holla!


    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    Where does the term, "hip hop" come from? Is it really just from that song by the Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper's Delight"?

    9:51 AM  
    Blogger Jon said...

    Interesting. I guess I learn something new everyday. =)

    11:54 AM  
    Blogger Jason Mulgrew said...


    jason mulgrew
    internet quasi-celebrity

    12:03 PM  

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