Hip-Hop “godfather” Afrika Bambaataa will be among those honored by the Bronx Museum of the Arts at “A Bronx Feast,” the museums Spring benefit gala.
Noted for being one of the founders of Hip-Hop Culture, Bambaataa has influenced other musical genres, as his creation of electro funk helped fuel the development of Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, Miami Bass, Electronica, House, Hip House, and early Techno.
The music pioneer, a co-originator of break-beat deejaying, was also instrumental in spreading rap and Hip-Hop throughout the world with the formation of his group, the Zulu Nation.
In addition to Bambaataa, the Museum will recognize renowned Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentín as well as artists and collaborators John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres.
A Bronx Fest will kick off at 6:30 p.m on May 6.
Attendees will preview three of the Museums current exhibitions: Making It Together: Womens Collaborative Art and Community, Highlights of the Permanent Collection: Women Artists and Teen Council Presents: Jamel Shabazz.
The gala will also include a silent art auction featuring the works of prominent visual artists and alumni from the Museums Artist In the Marketplace (AIM) program such as Joe Fig, Chitra Ganesh, Carlos Garaicoa, Kate Gilmore, Sara Oppenheimer, and Phoebe Washburne.
For event details or to purchase tickets, call Esther McGowan at (718) 681-6000 ext. 155