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AFRIKA BAMBAATAA-Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of
When Afrika throws down the opening riff to “Got That
Vibe” you know you’re in for a ride. A quick perusal
of musical guests confirms that the master of
unpredictable unions (previous collaborators range
from James Brown to Boy George to Johnny Rotten) is at
Those who have long confounded themselves with the
question of whether Mr. Bambaataa is a rap, hip hop,
jazz or funk artist will find little solace here. I
mean, he’s obviously a new age Egyptian potentate of
electronica and selectronica in its many forms, with a
different musical genre rising in every house.
Gary Numan, of late ‘70s “Cars” fame, sits in on his
own “Metal.” The concept of melding funk, rap, and
robot electronica is enough to cause lesser talents to
cower, but for Afrika it’s old hat. He is the force,
remember, that brought Kraftwerk to the black streets
of New York, and is therefore a foundation stone of
club, trance, and innumerable derivations that defy
categorization. By the time that MC Chatterbox hops
into Numan’s electronic pogoings it seems like the
most natural thing in the world.
“Dark Matter” can be understood in terms of Black
culture dancing towards paradise. The funk riffs are
heavenly and more than enough to power a locomotive by
woofer alone. Never mind what they do to your
ass...moving at the speed of light ain’t half of it.
The invocation is one of shadowed dancers moving in
manners that defy any calculated definition of
movement, and instead declare for a spiritual one.
The liner notes alone are worth the price of
admission. Afrika weaves a tale of African paradise
lost, and a cry towards redemption. Esoteric
allusions (“Almighty Ra,” “the spell of Leviathan
666,” “zero point energy or Vril power,” “Amarus,
Quetzlcoatls...Druids) mix with Desire-era Dylanesque
cadence and intonation.
Afrika doesn’t leave anything, or anyone, important
out. King James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone,
Booty Collins, Amnesty International, the African
National Congress and Uncle George Clinton are
name-checked into a heady mix that equates the Gods of
major and minor religions as the “Supreme Force.” The
spiritual message is as potentially unifying as the
musical one, if fraught with even greater elements of
danger and adventure.
It could all be a paean to a mystical Black
intellectualism, except that it isn’t exclusionary in
that way. On “Take You Back” Afrika notes that New
York and DC are “in the house,” but doesn’t stop until
he’s included Germany, Poland, and Spain. If you’re
starting to sense that boundaries are nonexistent, or
at least blurred, you’re being drawn into it.
The metaphysical posturing will strike some as
powerful and others as pretentious, but there’s no
denying the drive of the music. It’s difficult to
think of a decent party where you couldn’t turn this
CD up to full effect. I can see it working for
Deadheads and jazz cats and funkmeisters and rappers
and metal freaks and teenyboppers...I mean, the
Manilow and classical crowds might find the
arrangements somewhat lacking in definition but, you
never know, those people have been waiting for decades
to bust loose like this!
It rocks and gyrates and moves in mysterious ways to a
ubiquitous and invisible pulse. Things get better
because of this, in manners tangible and tantric.
When TC Izlam chants “You can’t get me, my mind is
free” on “Almighty Ra,” he’s singing about much, much
more than gangbangers or the selective service. “No
Dope Fiends on the Floor” only covers one of the more
malignant contemporary manifestations, and is probably
comparable in some way to the turf battles that
surfers have over waves.
Afrika Bambaataa hasn’t invented a process, after all
Antonin Dvorák was already making bizarre musical
concoctions including elements of Black American music
in the late 1800s, and Ivy League icons from
Kierkegaard to Nietzsche have offered learned
commentaries on the (potentially dangerous) power of
music. Afrika Bambaataa isn’t so much saying
something new, as saying something that poets and
sages have recognized throughout the ages, in a new
“We’ve got Love Power, it’s the greatest power of them
all.” Carried by a musical wave that swings you from
your hips and carries you in a pattern towards
Clayton Trapp is the author of the novel Snap Once,
and a regular contributor to FM Sound. His web page
Dark Matter... is a welcome
blast from the past, a stiff upper lip
in the face of the overproduced,
homogeneous hip-hop that clogs today's
radio waves. Afrika Bambaataa throws us
back to the age of Grandmaster Flash and
Kool Moe Dee, flashing more street cred
here than most modern MCs could hope to
muster after a straight year of
For the R&B newbies out there,
here's a quick history lesson: Afrika
Bambaataa has been spinning records
since your dad was in grade school, and
he casts a broader shadow over rap and
dance culture than Puff Daddy or Tupac.
There likely wouldn't even be
such a genre if it weren't for Afrika
Bambaataa. His seminal Planet Rock
is one of the most important records of
the past millennium, and his influence
can be heard (and felt) in everything
from disco and rock to electronica. He's
also been a lifelong advocate of peace
and nonviolence, and has used music as a
universal mediator for over 20 years.
True to form, Dark Matter Moving at
the Speed of Light is vintage Afrika.
It has a message of tolerance and
empowerment, an armada of guest MCs and
a unique retro vibe that meshes
dancefloor crunk with mix tape
aesthetics. Most importantly, given the
current climate of crotch-grabbing,
attitude-fueled hip-hop, it's simply a
lot of fun.
Each track straddles the timeline
of the past three decades, one foot
perched upon the minimalist electro-funk
of the '80s and the other tapping
squarely in the here and now. Bambaataa,
a former DJ and producer renowned for
his creativity and unpredictability,
here utilizes every modern production
technique available in a "kitchen sink"
approach, making each of Dark Matter's
tracks a global party. He cribs from the
Middle East on opener "Got That Vibe",
pays homage to Kraftwerk on "Metal"
(featuring, among other Bambaataa
devotees, Gary Numan), and invokes
Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson on
"Soul Makossa". "Take You Back" splits
the difference between The Sugarhill
Gang and garagey disco, while the title
track's low-key throb and bursts of pure
soul would make Parliament Funkadelic
However, Bambaataa isn't all
throwbacks. "Just a Smoke" is one of the
most dextrous dance tracks I've heard in
years, and "2137" could have been lifted
from the last Blackalicious album. The
man responsible for giving De la Soul
and A Tribe Called Quest their start
updates that timeless mid-'90s sound on
"Shake "N" Pop Roll" and serves up some
James Brown samples on the simmering
"Pick Up on This". He even has time to
extend the message on the smooth and
funky "No Dope Fiends on the Floor",
reminding us that an older, wiser Afrika
Bambaataa hasn't lost sight of the
vision that drove him from the streets
to the turntables a quarter-century ago.
As such, Dark Matter Moving at the
Speed of Light is a history lesson
at the speed of light. You never quite
know where any given song is headed
next, but you know you'll enjoy the
MUSIC REVIEW: * * * (3 stars out of 5)
Afrika Bambaataa and the Millennium of the
Gods: Dark Matter Moving at the Speed
Afrika Bambaataa's spirit rises above glut of
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted October 29, 2004
*** Afrika Bambaataa and the Millennium of the
Gods, Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light (Tommy Boy):
Hip-hop culture has been relentlessly commercialized since
Afrika Bambaataa helped draw the original Bronx blueprint in the
Although the music has always had a swagger, post-millennial MTV
rap is often obsessed with the size of custom wheel rims and
other bling-worthy but ultimately meaningless subjects. As it
always has, Bambaataa's spirit rises higher on this new album,
crafting jazz, R&B and electronica into something uplifting.
A funky Eastern groove is the foundation of the opening "Got
That Vibe," featuring the rhyme-spitting skills of King Kamonzi.
Like much of the material here, the song features
spacey-sounding lyrics that are mystical -- or just vague for
anyone not captivated by the beat.
That sound is hard to resist, a stylishly produced concoction of
polyrhythmic percussion accented by brilliant horn splashes and
atmospheric keyboard effects. With arrangements that segue from
disco-tinged electronica to muscular James Brown workouts, the
allusion to movement in the album's title is appropriate.
Gary Numan guests on Bambaataa's reinvention of Numan's "Metal."
The insistent New Wave beat is flavored by crazy corkscrew
keyboard riffs and a breakneck rap interlude by MC Chatterbox.
Unfortunately, the result sounds too much like a dance remix
devised by a mere mortal instead of a legend with Bambaataa's
galactic potential. Cool, but not that revolutionary.
Dark Matter comes closer to its stellar goal on the title
track, which rumbles along on a brisk background of tribal drums
punctuated by a horn section and funky bass. The shouted chorus,
again featuring Kamonzi, captures the album's positive spirit:
"Time to shine, time to shine the light."
The raucous attitude to the track, which ought to catch the
attention of Outkast fans, is expanded on "Shake 'n' Pop Roll."
The beat is a bit more deliberate, though it opens the door for
all kinds of sonic experiments: Melodic bass lines, pounding
piano, scratching and odd vocal grunting.
Bambaataa doesn't get really crazy often enough on Dark
Matter, but his imagination soars enough to let his bright
spirit shine through.
Reviewing key: ***** excellent; **** good; *** average; **
poor; * awful.
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The world needs
right now. The
legendary pioneer of
a crazy sonic fusion
of electro, hip-hop
and funk always used
his music to
racial unity. Though
with the Zulu Nation
was a priority, he
always delivered the
filled with twisted
effects and topped
with a fiery verbal
delivery. His new
album proves that
the elder statesman
of hip-hop has still
got it. The songs on
rock riffs, dirty Miami bass, Bollywood
percussion and a
litany of odd sounds
so many musicians
over the past three
impossible to say
the songs sound
the man deserves
props for walking to
the beat of the
warped drum machine
rhythms in his head
and sharing the
music with millions
of people looking
for the perfect
beat. (Maggie Stein)
Moving at the Speed of Light Tommy Boy
It has been 22
years since Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force
released "Planet Rock," a seminal hip-hop cut that
borrowed its funky electro goodness from the German act
Kraftwerk, and Bambaataa is still perfecting the beat,
whether it's in hip-hop, breakbeat, or drum and bass
form. After releasing several DJ mix CDs (including
Electric Funk Breakdown), he presents an album of
original material in Dark Matter Moving at the
Speed of Light, bringing together several producers
(Leftfield's Paul Daley, Überzone) and MCs (King Kamonzi,
TC Izlam) for a world party. Songs such as "Metal,"
which stars two generations of disciples, Gary Numan and
MC Chatterbox, best express where he is at: playfully
self-referential with a futuristic edge.
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Tashan is a
first-rate soul and R & B vocalist.
He has had the
misfortune of being stylistically in the wrong era.
His sound is too
earthy and raw for the Urban Contemporary mainstream, yet not Southern and
bluesy enough for the Southern market.
musical obstacles, he is held in high regard amongst soul purists,
especially in the U.K.
While he is also
well-versed in hip-hop and rap via his New York upbringing, his Def Jam LP's
have included some blistering duets with
Tashan started off
in the mid-'80's by writing and producing 'Yours for a Night', which was
recorded by rappers Whodini.
He was signed to
Def Jam / Columbia in 1985 and 'Chasing A Dream' was released in 1986.
That outing was
well received by the critics, with 'You've Got The Right Attitude', a duet
being popular with the soul purists.
also featured vocal input from
and Cindy Mizelle.
'On the Horizon'
followed in 1989 and contained the popular and socially aware track
'Blackman' along with the fine ballad 'Tears Of Joy'.
neither attracted widespread major label interest, although these outings
were highly popular in Europe amongst the 'real soul' circuit.
His third album,
'For The Sake Of Love' (seen by some as Tashan's equivalent to 'What's Going
On'), was released in 1993, with 'All I Ever Do' and 'Romantically Inspired'
being well received by the fans.
One track of note
on the album was a duet with
entitled 'Insane', that also appearred on Pennye's self titled album from
1993, and featured background vocal chores from
tune, 'I Want You', on the album, a track made famous by the late
currently in the process of recording some new material and is looking for
an outlet for the material.
For those of you
who enquired after his mothers health (there were reports Mrs Tonie L.
Graham was unwell), I am told that all is well with her, which is great
Chasin' A Dream
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On the Horizon
For the Sake of
Love (Sony Music Entertainment 1993)
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