Re: AFRIKA BAMBAATAA VISITS LOS ANGELES
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- Date: 23 Sep 2005 14:48:08 -0700
Re: AFRIKA BAMBAATAA VISITS LOS ANGELES
For Immediate Release
September 20, 2005
Bryan World Productions, LLC.
PO Box 74033
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Contact: Loida Mariano
Tel. Number: 323 / 993-6163
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AFRIKA BAMBAATAA VISITS LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, Calif., September, 2005 / BWP News /---The Godfather of
Hip-hop and the Legendary Leader of The Universal Zulu Nation, Afrika
Bambaataa made a low-key, unannounced visit to J.U.I.C.E. in Los
Angeles, Calif. on the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2005.
DJ Kenzo had called me earlier that afternoon and excitedly told me
that "he" was coming tonight. I told him I intended to be there
anyway, so this should be a real treat.
Later that evening, shortly after DJ Kenzo arrived at J.U.I.C.E., the
joint began to "jump off the hook" as DJ K was thoroughly pumped-up,
spewin' crazy beats and jams that reached into genres of music normally
thought incompatible with "hip-hop." But this crafty turntablelistic
magician blended tracks so perfectly, effectively raising the cultural
bar so high, that the break dance cypher had gone "crazy" with a swirl
of improvisational systematic presentation and primordial creativity.
These talented breakers were infected with monster beats and challenged
to perform at higher and higher levels of experimentation and
proficiency. At a point, it was totally, positively, "outta-control, "
as each performer battled for floor space within a split-second of
someone else finishing their piece! Ingenuity and execution was
rewarded with spontaneous applause, "hoops & hollas" and enthusiastic
The electric atomistic smell in the air was a mix of sweat, incense,
spray-paint, lyrical residue, excitement, wonder, joy and buzzzzz !!
Children took over the wood floor performance space bustin' moves;
observers head-bounced to the eclectic music, everybody "had next" and
the vibrations of expectation was palpable. "Is it true that he's
The soundtrack to this evenings' iridescent festivities was simply
"Genius Incarnate!" Props to DJ Kenzo and the inspired MC's who
freestyled Hip-hop Love and positive game all evening long.
Upon "his" arrival, Filmmaker Bob Bryan had the great pleasure and
opportunity to meet the man and observe first-hand and close-up the
overflowing paternal tender love and interest that Afrika Bambaataa has
for all the Hip-hop Dancers, Graffiti Artists, DJ's, Emcees and
admirers in effect.
The genuine love, respect, pride and awe that was showered upon "him"
was a very real testimonial of how this Multi-Cultural Los Angeles
Hip-hop community views the living legacy and personage of this
visionary and humble man.
An interesting observation: As Mr. Bambaataa circled around to every
sector of the venue, he constantly took digital pictures, capturing the
omnipresent explosive and creative activity of "everyone." Whether
they were dancin', emceein', standing around, posin', laughin',
beamin', representin', drawin', paintin', photographin', observin' or
DJin', Afrika Bambaataa was clickin' and smilin'.
Of course, everyone wanted to take pictures of their own with him and
asked him to autograph their LP's, books, flyers, tee-shirts etc.
(which he generously consented to. I was honored to hold his camera
during some of these enchanted moments). In between photo-ops and
chit-chat, his relentlessly flashing camera kept poppin' light, almost
as brightly as his outgoing charisma and personality.
The hours that he spent visiting at J.U.I.C.E. was an amazing envelope
of warmth, respect, hugs, irrepressible and manifest Love, Love and
more familial Love. There was no end to the smiles, radiate energy and
excitement that filled the halls of J.U.I.C.E. It was quite an unusual
evening fest to behold.
Afrika Bambaataa stayed 'til the very end, while the doors were
closing and the artificial lights faded gently into the descending
black night. Magically, the Sun shone luminously like motion picture
Klieg lights over J.U.I.C.E., cutting into the Los Angeles night Sky.
Everyone who was there tonight, bore personal witness to the
transforming and reflective validating heat of "The Godfather of
Hip-Hop," Afrika Bambaataa....... It was Nice!
--Written exclusively for GraffitiVerite.com by Bob Bryan
--Photo Courtesy of Lamar Glover (emcee)
-Photos AB Courtesy of Monica X. Delgado (J.U.I.C.E.)
(FILMMAKER BOB BRYAN HAS JUST COMPLETED PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY &
INTERVIEWS ON HIS NEXT FIVE (5) NEW DOCUMENTARIES GRAFFITI VERITE' 6
through 10. Second Unit B-Roll (pick-up shots) production will commence
in the fall / winter of '05.
The Multi Award-Winning Graffiti Verite'' Documentary Series is now out
in DVD http://www.graffitiverite.com)
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