News RnB 27/09/2004

Afrika Bambaataa releases new album 'Dark Matter: Moving At The Speed Of Light'

NEW YORK ( - The Master of Records, Afrika Bambaataa has Once Again Found The Perfect Beat!

From his trademark Electro-Funk to bouncy DC Go-Go to Drum & Bass and beyond, Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light captures the essence of Afrika Bambaataa's sound.

Bambaataa sets the trends - he doesn't follow them. His name is synonymous with experimentation. His genre-defying work has inspired countless imitators and served to forge a foundation for everything from Hip House to Miami Bass to Detroit Techno to Electro. Bam's long-term mission, to promote peace by creating joyful records that make people want to come together, dance and celebrate life, has carried through all of his work. It continues today with Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light - a smart party record filled with this same adventurous spirit and sense of joy.

"His music has helped build cross-cultural awareness and understanding by exposing different groups of people to music they might not otherwise be exposed to" explains Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records. From his work in uniting outlaw gangs in the Bronx during the 1970s, to establishing Universal Zulu Nation chapters worldwide with members of all colors and nationalities and most recently, creating the Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture, Afrika Bambaataa is at the forefront of the progressive movement known as Hip Hop culture.

Emcees TC Izlam, King Kamonzi, B-Boy Alien Ness, MC Chatterbox, Mustafa Akbar and Aghi Spirits spread awareness through third eye opening lyrics along with a completely unexpected appearance from Gary Numan! Of course, no Bambaataa production would be complete without vocoded voices and infectious Zulu chants. Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light is classic Bambaataa perfected.

"20 years later, I still believe in Bambaataa. He is more than the spiritual heart of Hip Hop -- he embraces rhythmic music and celebrates its diversity as the core of his message. Paul Daley, Gary Numan, Sharaz, Uberzone, Fort Knox Five, Ronald "Dukeyman" Hall, DJ Hektek, Simply Jeff, Steven "Boogie" Brown are just some the contributors to his new album. On this album, Afrika Bambaataa pledges allegiance to the Funk and brings back that sound that has been missing for too long." Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Records

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