DJ Kool Herc and his sister, Cindy Campbell, are heading back to their homeland of Jamaica for a special event honoring 50 years of Hip-Hop. Per Loop News. the siblings are hosting a jam on December 29 and 30 at Plantation Cove in St Ann. The two have asked some of the most prominent figures in Hip-Hop and reggae/dancehall to attend.
“We are inviting the very best, both past and present, from the realms of Hip-Hop and Jamaican music,” Herc said. “We are immensely proud of our Jamaican heritage and want the world to share in our pride.”
Herc and Campbell’s collective goal is to not only commemorate the 50th anniversary but also use it as a way to show respect to its Jamaican roots. The event follows Kool Herc’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 3.
Over the years, Herc has received the prestigious Order of Distinction Commander Class (CD) from the Jamaican Government in recognition of his contributions to the culture.
Herc and Campbell hosted a “Back To School Jam” on August, 11, 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx, which many consider the birthplace of Hip-Hop.