Legendary Rappers Unite To Celebrate Zulu Nation; Hip-Hop’s Birth

(AllHipHop News) A number of influential Hip-Hop artists and activists will gather to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation, one of Hip-Hop’s oldest organizations dedicated to advancing the culture. Headed by Hip-Hop legend Afrika Bambaataa, the Zulu Nation was founded in the early 1970’s as a way for gang members to use the various elements of Hip-Hop (MC’ing, DJ’ing, B-Boying, Graffiti Art and Knowledge, Culture and Understanding) as an alternative to violence. Since then, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide movement, with chapters in Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, South Korea and other countries. Afrika Bambaataa and The Zulu Nation will also celebrate Hip-Hop’s 36th birthday from November 11th-14th, with events in the Bronx and Manhattan. “We Need All Our Brothers And Sisters who live Hip-Hop and claim that they are Hip-Hop to recognize November as Hip-Hop history month,” Afrika Bambaataa told AllHipHop.com. “Come out and support the Universal Zulu Nation Anniversary,” Afrika Bambaataa continued. “And we need every one to do some work in every city, country, and town to push their government to recognize November as Hip-Hop History Month. Seattle, Washington has [already] done it. If Your Officials do not recognize that, then we as the people of the world, we the people will recognize it. And we will celebrate it to show how Hip-Hop culture has brought people together all over the world.”On Thursday, November 11th and Friday, November 12th, a variety of artists will hit the stage at Gaucho’s Gym in the Bronx. Bronx Hip-Hop legends Grandmaster Caz and Mick Benzo will host the dates, while DJ’s Jazzy Jay, TC Islam, Grandwizard Theodore, DJ Rockin’ Rob, DJ Johnny Juice, Cutman LG and others will rock the turntables. On November 13th, artists like The Cold Crush Brothers, The Son of Bezerk, The Crash Crew, Smooth Da Hustler, Trigga the Gambler, Marc Live, Ultramagnetic MC’s Big Daddy Kane and The Soul Sonic Force will hit the stage at the Hip-Hop Culture Center at Magic Johnson’s Theater.The highlight of the the celebration will take place on November 14th at S.O.B.’s with performances by X-Clan, Brother J., Isis, Sadat X, Grand Puba, Roxanne Shante, Jasari X, YZ, DJ Tony Touch and other surprise guests. The 37th Anniversary Celebration for the Universal Zulu Nation is dedicated to the memories of a variety of deceased, influential rap legends, including Cowboy of The Furious 5, Wiz Kid, Disco King Mario, Jam Master Jay, Eazy-E, Rudy Pardee, Sugar Shaft, Mr. Magic, Big Pun, Apache, J. Dilla, Roc Raida, Guru and others. “As we celebrate Hip-Hop History Month lets keep in mind that WE as a culture need to come together and have our own,” said longtime Zulu member Lord Yoda X. “So as we celebrate and party let’s also remember we still have work to do. WE must have our own Hip-Hop Multi-Cultural Center where we can nurture our youth and preserve OUR history.  Let’s keep teaching and reaching out to our youth. “So with that in mind, make your Hip-Hop pilgrimage to NYC and celebrate with Afrika Bambaataa and The First Family of the culture The Universal Zulu Nation this November 11-14,” Lord Yoda X stated. For more information contact Mickey Benston at Payup100@aol.com.

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