Following abuse allegations, hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa has been removed as a leader of his organization, the Universal Zulu Nation.

Since initial allegations from New York State Democratic Committee member Ronald Savage in March, which accused Afrika Bambaataa of child molestation, three more men have come forward with similar stories. This week, Bambaataa’s former bodyguard Shamsideen Shariyf Ali Bey talked to ex-Hot 97 radio host Troi Torain (better known as Star) and backed up the claims, saying: “There’s always a boy in his house.”

Today, the Universal Zulu Nation, an organization that Bambaataa established in the 1970s, issued a press release that announced it “is currently under new leadership”. While Bambaataa is never mentioned by name, the document addresses the claims and assures that “there will be significant changes to the organization” including “a new move to work towards providing support for victims of abuse, rape and molestation and working more closely on other social issues existing in communities such as drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health.”

The organization claims they have been put in a “difficult position” because they are being asked to condemn one of their founders “based on testimony through social media alone”. But that the restructuring is a “positive step towards organizational change for our worldwide family of members and the great community programs they continually run which spread the message of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.”



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