Afrika Bambaataa talks DJing, Funk, James Brown, Fela Kuti & George Clinton [Video]

Hip Hop journalist Davey D recently sat down with the legendary DJ, icon, Hip Hop pioneer, Afrika Bambaataa to talk about DJing, funk music, his legacy and the importance of music pioneers James Brown, Fela Kuti and George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Nicknamed “master of records” for his extensive music collection full of obscure delights, Bambaataa recalls giving back in the day Blues & Soul magazine a list of recommended records, sparking a wave of crate-digging culture among DJs, and highlights essentials Herman Kelly‘s “Dance To The Drummer’s Beat,” “Jam On The Groove” by Ralph MacDonald “and everything James Brown,” expanding on his admiration for the soul and funk legend, whom Afrika was “the first in Hip Hop” to perform with.

In the interview, which you can watch below, he also gives some international music recommendations and talks about first getting into “the James Brown of Africa,” Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti whilst visiting Nigeria in 1975, and discusses the importance of Funk and its relationship with Hip Hop.