Giant Step Presents Afrika Bambaataa

When:Monday, December 20 2010
Where:Good Units at Hudson, A Morgans Hotel
356 West 58th Street
New York, New York 10019
Cost:Free w. RSVP

From Giant Step:

On Monday, December 20th, Giant Step returns to Good Units at Hudson, with the “Godfather” of hip-hop, the legendary Afrika Bambaataa.

Entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.

A New Year, a new Hudson Series. Three years of our wildly popular bi-weekly series has brought legendary talent from around the globe, like Danny Krivit, Pete Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell, Alex Barck (of Jazzanova), Louie Vega, King Britt, DJ Spinna, Vikter Duplaix, and many, many more, to the Hudson Bar at Hudson Hotel. To celebrate the new series in proper form, we have moved the party downstairs to the new Good Units at Hudson space.

Giant Step welcomes back one of hip hop’s three main originators of break-beat deejaying, Afrika Bambaataa, respectfully known as the “Grandfather” and “Godfather” of Hip Hop Culture as well as “The Father of The Electro Funk Sound”. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading rap and hip-hop culture throughout the world. Afrika has consistently made records nationally and internationally, every one to two years, spanning the 1980’s into the next Millennium 2000.

Due to his early use of drum machines and computer sounds, Bam (as he is affectionately known) was instrumental in changing the way R&B and other forms of Black music were recorded. His creation of electro funk, beginning with his piece “Planet Rock,” helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as freestyle or Latin freestyle, miami bass, electronica, house, hip house, and early techno.

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