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In an interview with Washington City Paper last week, hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa chastised D.C. FM radio stations for not playing enough local go-go and hip-hop. D.C. rappers have long complained about the lack of airplay from mainstream radio; now, it seems they have a powerful ally. Along with DJs Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, Bambaataa helped create hip-hop: His 1982 hit, “Planet Rock,” shepherded the genre’s electro-funk sound and set a course for the creation of other computerized sounds, namely electronic dance music. So when he talks, you’d better listen.
Afrika Bambaataa performs with All Good Funk Alliance, Fort Knox Five, and Nappy Riddem at 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10. ustreetmusichall.com. (202) 588-1880.