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.
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.