Hip hop’s Bambaataa named Cornell visiting scholar

The Associated Press

Published: August 14, 2012 12:00PM
Updated: August 14, 2012 09:43PM
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FILE - This Feb. 28, 2006 file photo shows hip hop DJ pioneer Afrika Bambaataa speaking at a news conference to launch "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, The Rhymes, The Life," the first ever hip-hop initiative at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in New York. Bambaataa has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University. The appointment announced Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, was made by Cornell University Library's Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the Ivy League school's music department. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, file)

Ithaca, N.Y. • Hip hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa has been appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University.

The appointment announced Tuesday was made by Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the Ivy League school’s music department.

Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s upstate New York campus several days each year to talk to classes, meet with student and community groups, and perform the music he helped create and expand. His first visit will be in November.

Cornell officials say the university’s library contains the largest national archive on hip hop culture, documenting its birth and growth by preserving thousands of recordings, fliers, photographs and other artifacts.