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Afrika Bambaataa, 1957-

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    • us: Bambaataa, Afrika, 1957-
    • us: Donovan, Kevin, 1957-
    • us: Taylor, Lance, 1957-
    • us: Afrika Bambaataa Aasim, 1957-
    • us: Bambaataa Khayan Aasim, 1957-
    • us: Bambaataa, Khayan Aasim, 1957-
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    • found: Grandmaster Flash. Essential mix classic edition, p2002: container (Afrika Bambaataa)
    • found: All-music guide, June 18, 2002 (Afrika Bambaataa, b. Kevin Donovan, Apr. 10, 1960; seminal Bronx DJ during the 1970s)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed October 26, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Bambaataa Aasim, Afrika; Kevin Donovan; disc jockey, master of ceremonies, community activist/leader, rapper; born 10 April 1960 in New York, New York, United States; organized the Savage Seven, a Bronx River Projects- area street gang, which became known as the Black Spades; established The Organization, later known as the Zulu Nation, a group of racially and politically aware rappers (1974); changed his name to Afrika Bambaataa Aasim (1970s); was instrumental in developing guidelines to choose the winners in DJ contests (1976); had record debut as a producer with his band, Soul Sonic Force, recording "Zulu Nation Throwdown" (1980); signed with Tommy Boy records and released "Jazzy Sensation" (1982); left Tommy Boy records (1986) and signed with Capitol Records; traveled around the world promoting hip-hop and giving concerts in England with Hip Hop Artists Against Apartheid to benefit the African National Congress (1991); helped raise money for the Ansar community (Muslim sect))
    • found: Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collections, Afrika Bambaataa Hip Hop Archive (LANCE etched into LP formerly owned by Bambaataa; "This album belongs to: Bambaataa Khayan Aasim" handwritten on disc jacket of Dogs of war LP formerly owned by Bambaataa)
    • found: Chang, Jeff, Can't stop, won't stop, 2005: page 91 ("Most likely, Bambaataa was born in April of 1957. He won't say. 'We never,' he pointedly admonishes interviewers dumb enough to ask, 'speak on my age.'")
    • found: Wikipedia, August 2, 2016 (Afrika Bambaataa; Lance Taylor, aka "Kevin Donovan"; born April 17, 1957; better known by stage name Afrika Bambaataa; from the South Bronx, New York) {}
    • found: AllMusic WWW site, September 20, 2016: Biography (Afrika Bambaataa; born April 17, 1957) {}
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    • 2016-09-21: revised
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