Hip-Hop Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa Part of Showcase and Discussion at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Musical pioneer and social activist Afrika Bambaataa will be among the artists taking part in a showcase and panel discussion as part of the Hip-Hop History Month Celebration at Ithaca College. Sponsored by the African-Latino Society student organization, the program will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. in Emerson Suites. It is free and open to the public.

Titled “I Used to Love H.E.R. (Hearing.Every.Rhyme.),” the panel portion of the event will feature Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation, Crazy Legs, DJ Rich Medina and Joe Conzo discussing their contributions to hip-hop culture and answering audience questions. The showcase will celebrate the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, B-Boying and Graffiti. It will include performances by the IC Breakers, IC Spit That!, Pulse Dance Team and Money Mars, among others.

Bambaataa (born Kevin Donovan) was one of the originators of break-beat deejaying. In the 1970s, he created the Universal Zulu Nation with reformed members of a violent New York City street gang to spread awareness of hip-hop music and culture throughout the world. In addition to breaking new musical ground as a performer — his 1982 song “Planet Rock” generated an entire school of “electro-boogie” rap and dance music — he was active in the anti-apartheid movement.

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Bambaataa was named in 2012 to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell in a joint appointment by the Department of Music and Cornell University Library’s Hip-Hop Collection, the largest national archive on hip-hop culture. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, he will give a public talk at Cornell and perform at The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave., in Ithaca.

Ithaca College’s Hip-Hop History Month Celebration will also include two other free public events:

Wednesday, Nov. 28
8 p.m., Textor 103
“Days of Fire and the Birth of a Hip-Hop Nation,” a presentation by Eldred Harris, owner of Ithaca’s Diaspora Gallery and a native of the South Bronx, on that area’s politics during the 1970s and the need to develop a culture of resistance.

Friday, Nov. 30
6–8 p.m., Ithaca College Pub
“Don’t Forget the Lyrics, Part II,” a karaoke competition featuring hip-hop song selections from the 1980s to the present.

For more information, contact the African-Latino Society at icafricanlatinosociety@gmail.com.

Afrika Bambaataa will speak on campus for the Hip-Hop History Month Celebration