Afrika Bambaataa plans hip hop museum in New York

The musical pioneer wants to open the National Museum of Hip Hop in the Bronx

Afrika Bambaataa plans hip hop museum in New York

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Afrika Bambaataa has stated that he plans to open a museum dedicated to hip hop.

The musical legend has said that he wants the museum to open in the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Vintage Vinyl News reports that Bambaataa has signed a letter-of-intent to help create the National Museum of Hip Hop, however, the museum's future rests on the redevelopment of the former military site with a winning bid from the Youngwood and Associates developers.

Bambaataa is apparently seeking support from fellow hip hop kingpins and is planning to meet Ruben Diaz, Jr, the Bronx borough President, in order to push the project onwards.

Bronx native Afrika Bambaataa was one of the pioneers of hip hop and is often credited with naming the genre. A DJ and producer, his 1982 track 'Planet Rock' – made with the Soulsonic Force – was instrumental in founding the roots of hip hop as well as electro.

In 2007 Bambaataa was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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