Statement regarding Afrika Bambaataa

04/21/16

Cornell University has recently become aware of allegations made against Afrika Bambaataa.

The Cornell Hip Hop Collection acquired Afrika Bambaataa’s archive in 2013. The archive will be catalogued and preserved through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in March 2016. The Hip Hop Collection also hosted Bambaataa on several occasions during his three-year appointment as a visiting scholar between 2013 and 2015.

Bambaataa’s contributions to the development and growth of hip-hop are indisputable. His important archive will remain one of many in the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, which exists to preserve and make accessible the artifacts documenting the rise of hip-hop into a global cultural movement.