Afrika Bambaataa Accused of Child Molestation by Bronx Politician
King Kamonzi, the International Spokesperson for the Universal Zulu Nation, reached out to XXL to say that the child molestation claims against Afrika Bambataa are "100 percent untrue." The Nation is demanding not only that Ron Savage apologize to Bambaataa and the Zulu organization, but to every single person who's ever been a victim of sexual abuse.
Below is the official statement from the Zulu Nation:
Once again, rumors, slander and outright lies have been aimed at Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. First of all this attack not only is defamation and assasination of character it is a diversion and attention shift tactic designed to counter all the positive works of the Universal Zulu Nation.
Recently the Universal Zulu Nation introduced a "Peace Code" system of conflict resolution and violence prevention amongst schools, community centers, mosques, churches and detention centers in Milwaukee, Chicago, Gary, New York, Detroit, Indianapolis and Oakland. It is now spreading to many cities and urban areas within the United States. As we speak this system of the Universal Zulu Nation "Peace" code is being adapted by many as a practical technique to save the lives of millions of children nation wide. Since the Universal Zulu Nation has chapters world wide this "Peace Code" system is now being adapted and modified to save the lives of children from the "slims" of Brazil to the shanty-towns of Jamaica and Africa.
The Universal Zulu Nation has recruited teachers, mentors and youth advocates in many cities who are not only using Hip Hop as a educational tool but are mobilizing impoverished communities to become proactive and find solution strategies to the multitude of problems. The Universal Zulu Nation which stands as a vanguard and protector of Hip Hop culture sees children as not just off spring but the next generation of solution builders. Afrika Bambaataa has always taught that the children are to be protected and taught the correct sciences of life. He is a living example himself by his lifelong drug, liquor and crime abstinence.
Furthermore, The Universal Zulu Nation recently held a national aired press conference in which they stated that they would provide security and protection for singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter if law enforcement decided not to. Because of this stance the Universal Zulu Nation came under a lot of scrutiny and fire from those who still use fear and division as a tactic.
Unfortunately, this tactic of defamation and assassination of character is not new and always seems to take 'center stage' over more critical issues that face our community. Certain websites and stations still promote lies, slander and rumors to increase ratings and views. Many agents of negativity still focus more time on attacking and slandering humans than they do attacking the major problems our youth face. All energy and attention is shifted from real issues to almost "soap opera" like stories. We can now turn on a television set and watch shows titled "Love and Hip Hop" which have nothing to do with Love or Hip Hop.
In addition, many celebrities and public figures have been publically crucified by the media for years. There have been so many names we won't even go into detail cause the list is too long to name. However, what is more alarming is how easy it is in today's social media networks to influence the masses with pure negativity/gossip and how easy it is for people to believe every and anything without facts, evidence and proper research. Every holy book and scripture describes these people as "devils"of chaos spreading slander, lies and rumors of war. The Universal Zulu Nation intelligence is keeping strong data on all these "negative" characters and already has a legal team assembled with strong evidence against these so called human beings involved in this negativity.
In recent news there has been waves of attacks directed at anyone who is trying to make a meaningful positive change. Especially those people who have becoming [sic] icons and are using their power and influence over the masses for good. One thing is for certain in the laws of magnetism - opposites attract so "positivity" attracts "negativity." When you start or have been doing good works for humanity expect a "backlash." I say this to all members of the Universal Zulu Nation doing good works - carry on!
One individual who has become the poster child for lies and slander is named Ronald Savage. He has tried to place himself in history by associating himself with Afrika Bambaataa (Amen Ra of Hip Hop Culture) founder of the Zulu Nation. The problem is that he has chose to pursue the lower path of rumors and character assassination. He has recently written a book which details fictitious accounts which don't add up chronologically and which place him as a victim.
Mr. Ronald Savage (judicial delegate in the 12th judicial district in Bronx, NU and former NYS democratic committeeman) in his book claims Bambaataa "molested" him while he was 13 or 14 in the late 1970's in the Bronx. This same individual states he didn't know he was being "molested" and that it took him until his 50's while he was writing his book to come out with these "stories." In a questionable interview with Star of Shot 97 Mr. Savage claims he can not remember how long these occurrences took place. Furthermore, by his own admission a lot of his memory of these incidents was "blacked out" because he didn't want to remember. Then all of sudden [sic] these memories suddenly came to him as he was writing a "book."
By all accounts Mr. Savage please stop lying to the public and openly apologize to Afrika Bambaataa/Universal Zulu Nation and all children world wide. Not only have you disrespected morally, spiritually and emotionally but not there are serious legal issues that come into play as well. The Universal Zulu Nation works with victims of child and sexual abuse and takes these allegations extremely serious. Many of us are parents and "children" are the most sacred members of any community. Abuse is a real issue in our society and for Mr. Savage to use this as a selling point for a book is parasitic and insensitive to all the true childhood victims of abuse. That is why Mr. Savage owes not only Bambaataa/Zulu Nation an apology but all children who have been victims of abuse.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom, Hotep, Habari-Gani.
King Kamonzi, International Spokesman for the Universal Zulu Nation.
Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa has been accused of child molestation. Former New York State Democratic Committee member Ronald Savage is accusing the Bronx-bred DJ of molesting him as a teenager. Savage made the claims public this week (March 29) with the release of his new book, Impulse, Urges and Fantasies. Savage says that the Soulsonic Force leader forced him to participate in oral sex from the time he was 13 years old.
Bambaataa, real name Kevin Donovan, started the Universal Zulu Nation in 1973 and is credited with crafting the sound of electro-funk and hip-hop. Bambaataa, now 58, was around 15 years old when he formed Zulu Nation. According to Savage's story, if the molestation happened when he was 13, the incidents began in 1979, during the Zulu Nation's popularity peak and when Bambaataa was 21 years old.
As much as Bambaataa is one of hip-hop's most revered musical figures --- it was just last fall that he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Global Spin Awards --- the accusation of abuse is serious because of the political and social clout Savage holds in the borough. Savage is currently a judicial delegate in the 12th Judicial District in the Bronx.
In addition to releasing the novel, Savage details the molestation in a new radio interview on Shot 97.
"I was a kid when this happened," says Savage, who is now 50. "I wanted to be down with the in-crowd, not really understanding that what Bambaataa was doing to me was molesting me. I knew it was wrong. I had these feelings that were like, 'Yuck.'"
Due to the elapsed time, the statute of limitations for Savage to press charges against Bambaataa has expired. XXL has reached out to Bambaataa's camp for comment on the accusation and is still waiting to hear a response.
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