Afrika Bambaataa Removed From Zulu Nation As Leader

Posted: May 06, 2016 in
Written by: Chizzle

It’s been a shocking couple of months for the hip hop community as molestation allegations have surfaced against Zulu Nation leader, Afrika Bambaataa. Back in March, former Bronx politician and Zulu Nation member, Ronald Savage, went into detail about the violation as a teenager, prompting three more people to come forward with similar stories. More than 37 years brewing, this messy situation snowballed quickly as even Bambaataa’s former bodyguard, Lord Shariyf, alleged that the Zulu leader had probably molested hundreds of young men since the 1970s. Bambaataa has denied these accusations, claiming they are based on nothing and just an attempt to ruin his legacy. The statute of limitations in New York may prevent the alleged victims from pressing charges, since they have all reached beyond the age of 23.


Today, May 6th, 2016, marks the end of the hip hop pioneer’s reign as leader of the Zulu Nation. Amidst a “significant restructure”, Afrika Bambaataa has been ousted from the group. Although not called out by name in their statement, it was stated: “As part of this restructure ALL accused parties and those accused of covering up the current allegations of child molestation have been removed and have stepped down from their current positions.” The Zulu Nation is “currently under new leadership”.

You can view the entire statement at

The Author: Chizzle

Chelsea is Envy Magazine's owner. She has had a passion for hip hop at a young age and has since made it her life's career dream. Since 2008, Chelsea has worked as a freelance photographer, focusing a majority of her work on hip hop music and culture. She has photographed and interviewed many high profile artists from OG's like Obie Trice, Rakim, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to new-age cats like Action Bronson, Rich Homie Quan, and Yelawolf. Follow on IG: @chizzlephotodesign