Hip-Hop’s DJ Pioneers Come Together For Universal Zulu Nation 42nd Anniversary

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This November marks the 42nd anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation. The organization, made famous by Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa has upheld the tenants of the culture in five decades. Formed in the Bronx, New York, the group has grown globally to include the likes of Ice-T, 9th Wonder, and even Lil Wayne, among many others. Beginning November 12, this year’s week-long event features involvement from a number of the culture’s founding fathers.

Afrika Bambaataa at Liquid Sky Store, NYC 5/11/99 ©Tina Paul 1999

Among those involved include Bam’, and his onetime DJ/protege Jazzy Jay. Kool DJ Red Alert and scratch-innovator Grand Wizard Theodore are also among those sharing the turntables on November 13. On November 15, 1970s Hip-Hop alums Luvbug Starski and Brucie B will perform at Harlem’s National Black Theater. Additional performing guests to each event are expected. Several of the events are free, and open to an all-ages public.

More information is available at the Universal Zulu Nation’s Facebook page. For more information on the Universal Zulu Nation, visit their site.

Here is a rundown of the individual events:

Thursday November 12: “Unsigned Artist Night”
5:30pm-1am @ Casita Maria 928 Simpson St. Bronx NY 10459.
Friday November 13
DJ Afrika Bambaataa
Kool Red Alert
DJ Jazzy Jay
Grand Wizard Theodore
Ages 18+.  National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave @ 125th Harlem NYC.
Saturday November 14
DJ Mell Starr
DJ Boogie Blind
Ages 18+.  National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave @ 125th Harlem NYC.

Sunday November 15 “
Meeting Of The Minds”
National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave @ 125th Harlem NYC. 2 3 4 5 or 6 to 125th St. FREE. All Ages.
Monday November 15
Luvbug Starski
Brucie B
Ages 18+.  National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave @ 125th Harlem NYC.

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