Song of the day- Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa, born in 1957 as Kevin Donovan, is one of the originators of breakbeat DJing and is respectfully known as “The Godfather.”  In his earlier years he was involved with gang activity in Bronx but after an essay contest won him a trip to Africa, his worldview changed, he was inspired to use hip-hop as a means to spread peace, love, unity and fun. During this time he changed his name to “Afrika Bambaataa Aasim,” adopting the name of the Zulu chief.

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Back in New York in the late 70s, Afrika created the Zulu Nation, a group of socially and politically aware rappers and artists.  He established two rap crews: the Jazzy 5 and Soulsonic Force, including Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow and Emcee G.L.O.B.E.

Afrika Bambaataa and soul sonic force

“Planet Rock,” a popular single produced by Arthur Baker and the keyboardist John Robie, came out that June under the name Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force. The song borrowed musical motifs from German electronic music, funk, and rock. Different elements and musical styles were used together. The song became an immediate hit and stormed the music charts worldwide.

Afrika Bambaataa song of the day

Since its release, “Planet Rock” has had a large influence on music and on popular culture. In 2008, it was ranked number 21 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.  To this day, Afrika is considered the father of electro funk.

Lyrics:

Party people, party people
Can y’all get funky?
Soul Sonic Force, can y’ll get funky?
The Zulu Nation, can y’ll get funky?

Ya, Just hit me
Just taste the funk and hit me
Just get on down and hit me
Bambaataa’s jus’ gettin’ so funky, now hit me
Ya, just hit me

Just start to chase your dreams
Up out your seats, make your body sway
Socialize, get down, let your soul lead the way

Shake it now, go ladies, it’s a livin’ dream
Love, life, live
Come play the game, our world is free
Do what you want but scream

We know a place where the nights are hot
It is a house of funk
Females and males
Both headed all for the disco

The DJ plays your favorite blasts
Takes you back to the past, music’s magic, poof
Bump, bump, bump, get bump with some flash, people

Rock, rock to the Planet Rock, don’t stop
Rock, rock to the Planet Rock, don’t stop

The Soul Sonic Force, Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow and MC Globe
We emphasize the show, we got ego
Make this your night, just slip it right and by day

As the people say, live it up, shucks
No work or play, our world is free
Be what you be, so be

Rock, rock to Planet Rock, don’t stop
Rock, rock to Planet Rock, don’t stop

You’re in a place where the nights are hot
Where nature’s children dance and set a chance
On this Mother Earth, which is our rock

The time has come and work for soul, show you really got soul
Are you ready hump, bump, bump, get bump, now let’s go, house

Twist and turn, [Incomprehensible]
You got the body rock and pop, bounce and pounce

Everybody just rock it, don’t stop it
You gotta rock it, don’t stop
Keep tickin’ and tockin’, work it all around the clock
Everybody keep rockin’ and clockin’ and shockin’ and rockin’, go house

Everybody say, rock it, don’t stop it
Well hit me, Mr. Biggs, Pow Wow, G L O B E
The Soul Sonic Force

You gotta rock it, pop it, ’cause it’s the century
There is such a place that creates such a melody
Our world is but a land of a master jam, get up and dance
It’s time to chase your dreams

Up out your seats, make your body sway
Socialize, get down, let your soul lead the way
Shake it now, go ladies, it’s a livin’ dream
Love, life, live

Everybody say, rock it, don’t stop it
Everybody say, shock it and pop it
Everybody say, ich me sun chi

Say, Planet Rock
It’s the sure shot
Say, Planet Rock
It’s the sure shot

So twist and turn, then you let your body glide
You got the body rock and pop, bounce and pounce

So hit me
Just taste the funk and hit me
Just get on down and hit me
Bambaataa’s gettin’ so funky, now hit me

Every piece of the world
Rate the message of the worlds
All men, women, boys, and girls, hey our Planet Rock is superb
Get on it

You got the groove, move, shak, undi, shak, undi, shak
Feel the groove, feel it
Do what ya want but ya know ya got to be cool and boogie
Out on the floor, go down, bring it low, close to the ground

Everybody just rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop
Keep tickin’ and tockin’
Work it all around the clock

Everybody just rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop
Keep tickin’ and tockin’
Work it all around the clock

Everybody gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it
Gotta rock it, don’t stop

Gotta rock it, don’t stop it
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it
Gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop

We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop

We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop it
We gotta rock it, don’t stop

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