To do: Hear rare vinyl from Afrika Bambaataa's record collection
DJs will be spinning rare tunes from the influential South Bronx MC's massive music trove at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise this week.
Tue Jul 23 2013
In need of a midday pick-me-up? Head over to Gavin Brown's Enterprise for a peek into Afrika Bambaataa's 40,000-deep record collection. The West Village gallery has been taking inventory of the timeless Bronx DJ's life's work, letting the public watch as they move the collection to Cornell's archives. More than some great tunes, the collection showcases the evolution of hip-hop, with rare artifacts from across genres, from jazz (Lonnie Smith) to electronic (Kraftwerk) and plenty more. Bambaataa did coin the term hip-hop (in 1982), so we figure he knows what to listen to.
The gallery has invited DJs to spin exclusively from the hip-hop pioneer's massive trove. The free series kicks off today with France's popular Joakim on the decks 2–3pm; L.A.'s Nathan Harrington takes over tomorrow (noon–2pm), with NYC's own Nelleke wrapping up on Thursday in the 2–5pm slot.