After Bambaataa won an essay contest that earned him a trip to Africa, his worldview shifted. He had seen the movie Zulu and was impressed with the solidarity exhibited by the Zulu in that film. During his trip to Africa, the communities he visited inspired him to create one in his own neighborhood.He changed his name to Afrika Bambaataa Aasim, adopting the name of the Zulu chief Bhambatha, who led an armed rebellion against unfair economic practices in early 20th century South Africa. He told people that his name was Zulu for "affectionate leader." Bambaataa formed The "Bronx River Organization" as an alternative to the Black Spades.[
In order to create a sense of unity amongst the rivaling members
within the communities he founded the
where he united socially and politically aware rappers, B-boys and B-girls, Graffiti artists and other people involved in Hip Hop culture. Bambaataa desired to provide a creative environment where people could release whatever pressure they had nonviolently.
Afrika Bambaataa ascended to godfather status with "Planet Rock," the 1982 hip-hop classic that blended the beats of hip-hop with techno-pop futurism inspired by German pioneers
Even before he began recording in 1980, Bambaataa was hip-hop's foremost DJ, an organizer and promoter
of the large block parties
"I was conditioned when I hear Africa,
I've been trained to disconnect from my heritage.
Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation rescued that consciousness for me."
"If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today,
then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it.
If they think that there is a lot of racism going on then there is a Hip Hop artist
who is gonna come out and speak their mind.
However we feel obligated as well to mention that since March 2016 there are sexual abuse allegations against Bambaataa which resulted in the Zulu Nation removing him from the organization in a press release on May 6th 2016.
Bambaataa repeatedly denied the allegations.