Starting today, our Shorty Dancers’ ABC will spotlight household names that should not be missing in anyone’s dictionary, starting things off with Afrika Bambaataa. Along with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Kool Herc, he was known as part of the “Holy Trinity” of hip hop. His influence is still felt after more than 30 years and has been a corner stone for almost everyone who has worked in the business.


Inspired by the movie “Zulu”, Bambaataa shaped his own movement, the Universal Zulu Nation, which was all about spreading peace, unity, love and happiness and his means of conveying his message were various forms of the (perfoming) arts: deejaying, emceeing, dancing and graffiti. Before the crossfader was introduced to DJ sets, Bambaataa employed two DJs for his jam parties, that played their tracks in turn, so that the music would keep on playing. This was a revolutionary idea and paved the way to an entirely different experience of hip hop music.

Stay tuned for the next entry of our dictionary next week and check out a lot more examples of Afrika Bambaataa’s influence on fellow greats after the jump!

“Holla at me Baby” DJ Khaled ft. Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Pitbull

“Control Myself” LL Cool J ft. Jennifer Lopez

“Lose Control” Missy Elliot ft. Ciara & Fatman Scoop

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