Festivals Begin Dropping Afrika Bambaataa Amidst Child Molestation Claims
Published Apr 21, 2016Following a series of child sex abuse allegations, music festivals that had booked Afrika Bambaataa as part of their summer lineups this year have begun to drop the hip-hop pioneer from their artist rosters.
FACT reports that East Sussex, UK festival Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender cancelled Bambaataa's appearance, simply saying he "will no longer be playing" in a statement made through their Facebook page. The festival has since called upon another hip-hop forefather to take his place in Grandmaster Flash.
Bristol festival Loves Saves the Day, which runs May 28 and 29, has also cancelled a set from Bambaataa. While not commenting on the cancellation, festival organizers told FACT that has has "definitely now been removed from the lineup."
As previously reported, Ronald Savage, a former New York State Democratic Committee member, claimed in his 2014 book and a radio interview that the musician forced him to perform oral sex on him and also repeatedly sodomized him. Savage was in his early teens at the time.
Bamabaataa released a statement earlier this month denying the claims, saying Savage shows "a reckless disregard for the truth." Three more men have since come forward with allegations of their own.