South By South Bronx Festival to Celebrate Rap's Cultural Birthplace

AllHipHop Staff

(AllHipHop News) Legends and lore about The Bronx and its role in birthing Hip-Hop are the themes of this weekend's "South By South Bronx" Music Festival.

It was in New York's Bronx borough in August 1973 where DJ Kool Herc is credited with founding the culture and musical genre known today as Hip-Hop.

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Afrika Bambaata

To that end, Kool Herc and other legends of rap, such as DJ Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers, and Universal Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaata, will be on-hand to receive kudos for their longtime influences.

The two-day event, scheduled for Friday from 4-6PM and Saturday from 1-5PM at Hostos Community College, borrows part of its name from the annual South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Like its larger, famed namesake festival, organizers promise concert performances from both legends and underground newcomers such as YC the Cynic. There will also be workshops on topics from "Latinos in Hip-Hop" to "Hip-Hop and Activism" for those who want to pay homage beyond the music.


Tickets to South By South Bronx are free but must be reserved in advance. Learn more at

Source: NY Daily News