Update: Loves Saves The Day has cancelled Afrika Bambaataa’s set.
The Bristol-based festival, taking place May 28-29, said it won’t be issuing any further comment, but that Bambaataa has “definitely now been removed from the lineup.”
Other festivals expected to follow suit after more men come forward with accusations.
Afrika Bambaataa’s performance at next month’s Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender has been cancelled following a series of child sex abuse allegations.
A statement posted to the festival’s Facebook page says the hip-hop veteran will “no longer be playing” at the event, which is due to take place in Camber Sands, East Sussex on May 13-15.
Bambaataa is still scheduled to play a number of other festivals this year, including Bristol’s Loves Saves The Day on May 28. FACT has reached out for comment from those other festivals to see if they too will be removing the New Yorker – real name Kevin Donovan – from bills.
The Zulu Nation member was first accused of sodomy by New York politician Ronald Savage in March. Bambaataa however strongly denied this accusation, stating: “These allegations are baseless and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and legacy in hip-hop at this time.”
Three more men have since come forward claiming that they were abused by Bambaataa as children. The artist’s legal team has not yet returned requests for comment to theNew York Daily News on these fresh allegations.
Savage’s initial claims were made in a self-published memoir called Impulse, Urges and Fantasies, in which he alleges that he was repeatedly sodomised by the artist as a teenager. He has called for a change in the law to allow him to pursue criminal charges against the musician, as New York’s statute of limitations bars child sexual abuse victims from pursuing charges after their 23rd birthday.
Zulu Nation, which threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against Savage last month, has suggested there is a government conspiracy against Bambaataa.