This week marks the 38th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation, as well as the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of Hip-Hop. Celebratory events have been taking place throughout New York City since Wednesday, November 9 and will continue to occur until Sunday, November 13.
The Universal Zulu Nation is an international Hip-Hop awareness group formed and headed by Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. Originally known simply as The Organization, it arose in the 1970s as reformed New York City gang members began to organize cultural events for youths, combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of Hip-Hop culture. By the 1980s, Hip-Hop had spread globally, and the Zulu Nation has since established (autonomous) branches in Japan, France, the U.K., Australia, South Korea, and the Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Zulu Nation has undergone changes over the past decade. From the late 1980s, at the height of the Afrocentric movement in Hip-Hop (when artists such as KRS-One, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, the Native Tongue collective, and Rakim hit success), the movement seemed to be incorporating many doctrines from the Nation of Islam, the Nation of Gods and Earth, and the Nuwaubians. In the 2000s, however, its official Web site affirmed that the Zulu Nation has left the system of "believing" and instead adheres to "Factology versus Beliefs," a philosophy and doctrine that can often be seen in, though is not always exclusive to, Nuwaubianism.
There are three major concert events taking place to mark the anniversaries at venues like Yotel NYC, La Poissen Rouge, and S.O.B.'s over the next three days. Confirmed artists include Q-Tip, Afrika Bambaataa, Keith Murray, 9th Wonder, The Cold Crush Brothers, Grandmaster Melle Mel, and many, many more! Below is information for the concerts that are taking place to celebrate the historic anniversary of both the Zulu Nation and Hip-Hop itself:
Friday, November 11, 2011:
What: Uncle Bam's Jams
Where: Yotel NYC (570 10th Ave. 42nd Street)
When: 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Who: DJ's Q-Tip, Afrika Bambaataa, and Jazzy Jay with performances by Keith Murray, Dres (of Black Sheep), Rakaa (of Dilated People), Jarobi, Artifactz, Black Un, Mickey Factz, and Venomous
Saturday, November 12, 2011:
Where: Club Poissen La Rouge (158 Bleeker Street)
When: 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Who: DJ's Statik Selektah, 9th Wonder, Tony Tone, DJ Outlaw, Finesse, and Grandwizzard Theodore with performances by PMD, Mr. Cheeks, Dinco (of Leaders of the New School), Hakim Green (of Channel Live), Kurtis Blow, Boogie Black, King Kamanzi, The Welfare Poets and more!
Sunday, November 13, 2011:
What: Salute to the Queens of Hip-Hop
Where: S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY
When: 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Who: DJs Jazzy Joyce, Lady Love, Shejay, Kid Capri, Grandmaster Melle Mel, The Cold Crush Brothers, DMC, Doug E. Fresh, DJ Whoo Kid, and many more!
Tickets for these events can be purchased here.
For more information on the Universal Zulu Nation, visit ZuluNation.com.