Quick menu
  • Afrika Bambaataa (AB001DC)
    Available To Buy

Afrika Bambaataa

Lance Taylor AKA "Kevin Donovan" (born April 17, 1957), better known by the stage name Afrika Bambaataa, is an American DJ from the South Bronx, New York. He is notable for releasing a series of genre-defining electro tracks in the 1980s that influenced the development of hip hop culture. Afrika Bambaataa is one of the originators of breakbeat DJing and is respectfully known as "The Godfather" and "Amen Ra of Hip Hop Kulture", 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.

Born to Jamaican and Barbadian immigrants, Taylor grew up in The Bronx River Projects, with an activist mother and uncle. As a child, he was exposed to the black liberation movement, and witnessed debates between his mother and uncle regarding the conflicting ideologies in the movement. He was exposed to his mother's extensive and eclectic record collection. Gangs in the area became the law, clearing their turf of drug dealers, assisting with community health programs and both fighting and partying to keep members and turf. Taylor was a member of the Black Spades. He quickly rose to the position of warlord of one of the divisions. As warlord, it was his job to build ranks and expand the turf of the young Spades.

He was not afraid to cross turfs to forge relationships with other gang members, and with other gangs. As a result, the Spades became the biggest gang in the city in terms of both membership and turf. Inspired by DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Dee, Taylor began hosting hip-hop parties beginning in 1977. He vowed to use hip-hop to draw angry kids out of gangs and form the Universal Zulu Nation. Robert Keith Wiggins, a.k.a. "Cowboy" of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, is credited with naming hip-hop; the term became a common phrase used by MCs as part of a scat-inspired style of rhyming.

Afrika Bambaataa (AB001DC)

Afrika Bambaataa

This was one of the first hip hop shows in England - Londoners had never experienced any gig like this before.

Prices from £208.33
print

Featured Prints

Morrissey (MOZ001MCCART)

Morrissey

Stunning photograph of Morrissey by Mary McCartney taken at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2004

print
Miles Davis (MD001FRAN)

Miles Davis

Miles Davis performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island in July 1966

Prices from £208.33
print
Thelonius Monk ( THEL001FRAN)

Thelonius Monk

Thelonius Monk performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island in July 1965

Prices from £208.33
print
Fleetwood Mac (FMAC001BASC)

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac during a photocall on a cruise ship in the Rotterdam harbour before a pair of concerts in Amsterdam, April 1977.

Prices from £450.00
print
Joy Division (JD003KC)

Joy Division

Ian Curtis taking a break during rehearsal at the TJ Davidson's Rehearsal Room, Manchester in August 1979

Prices from £1,500.00
print
Stone Roses (SR002KC)

Stone Roses

Stones Roses legendary concert at Spike Island, Widnes in May 1990 six months after the release of their seminal single Fool's Gold

Prices from £291.67
print

Featured Artists

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher is best known as the charismatic, self-assured front man of Manchester Britpop band Oasis.

artist
Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

With his distinctive raspy voice and profound lyricism, Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

artist
Paul Weller

Paul Weller

Paul Weller is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam.

artist
Joy Division

Joy Division

Joy Division (originally named Warsaw), an English rock band formed in 1976 were one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement.

artist
Beatles, The

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and widely regarded as the most influential acts of the rock era.

artist
Cliff Richard (and the Shadows)

Cliff Richard (and the Shadows)

Sir Cliff Richard is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor & philanthropist, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide.

artist

Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

collection
The Duffy Archive Collection

The Duffy Archive Collection

For eight years photographer Brian Duffy worked with David Bowie and shot his most iconic and enduring images. View his fantastic collection

collection
The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. Our collections share the best images spanning their career

collection
Barry Schultz Collection

Barry Schultz Collection

A fantastic curated collection of museum quality fine art prints by leading music photographer Barry Schultz

collection
Jazz & Blues Collection

Jazz & Blues Collection

Welcome to our Jazz & Blues Print Collection - over 50 years of iconic images of the world's greatest Jazz & Blues musicians

collection
Mick Rock Limited Edition Print Collection

Mick Rock Limited Edition Print Collection

Curated collection of authentic, signed limited edition fine art prints by legendary rock music photographer, Mck Rock

collection