Disc jockey, producer and activist Afrika Bambaataa, one of the pioneers of hip hop and founder of the movement Universal Zulu Nation, has been accused of sexual abuse by several men, according to an exclusive report published by the New York Daily News.
In late March, the journalist and former member of the New York State Democratic Committee Ronald Savage revealed that Bambaataa forced him to have sex several times when he was a teenager. In an interview in Shot97, gave a detailed description of how the mythical rapper abused him, details that are also included in his latest book, Impulse, Urges and Fantasies.
He claims that it all started when he was around 13 or 14 years old and that Bambaataa often forced him to have oral sex against his will. “I was a kid when this happened,” says the 50-year-old author. “I did not understand that what Bambaataa was doing to me was harmful. But I knew it was wrong. It disgusted me ”. He assures that he never told anyone for fear of reprisals from Zulu Nation and because he was ashamed.
This weekend, Hassan Campbell, 39, has joined the Savage allegations. “He had the funniest house in the world,” says Campbell, who tells New York Daily News that Afrika used her Bronx apartment as a kind of riding school in the 1980s. “There were celebrities, musicians, neighborhood heroes there. It was the best place to be and, at the same time, the worst ”. Campbell alleges that Bambaataa sexually abused him multiple times between the ages of 12 and 13. “He is a pervert,” he adds. “He likes little children.”
A second male, 50-year-old New York native, who has requested that his name remain anonymous, has also told the New York Daily News that Bambaataa abused him. “I know that what Ronald Savage is saying is true because he also did it to me,” says this person. “I have never talked to anyone about this and when I did, I was afraid of receiving punishment from those around him.”
Also, a third man – 51 years old and also a New Yorker named Troy– has dared to speak of the supposed hell by which Afrika Bambaataa made him pass. “I’m still very angry about this,” says Troy, who now lives in North Carolina. “I have been treating myself because of him for these years. It’s a shame that this hasn’t come to light sooner. He once showed me a book with a picture of a penis on it and said, “You don’t have to be gay to let me suck you off.”
Hassan Campbell agrees with the other alleged victims of Bambaataa in saying that the rapper from “Planet Rock” He showed them pornographic photos or videos and then performed oral sex with them.
The lawyer of Afrika Bambaataa, Vivian Kimi Tozaki, has not responded to these new accusations. However, in a statement released earlier this month, Tozaki said that the testimony of Ronald Savage “Shows reckless disregard for the truth.”
On April 12, his own Afrika Bambaataa issued a statement through the magazine Rolling Stone in relation to the accusations made against him:
“I, Afrika Bambaataa, want to take this opportunity and follow my lawyer’s advice to personally deny any of the allegations of any type of sexual abuse that anyone makes against me. These accusations are without foundation and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and my musical legacy as a hip hop pioneer. This negligent attack will not prevent me from continuing my battle against violence in our communities, violence in the nation and violence around the world. “