“Born in the Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Hip Hop & Radical Peace,” an academic and musical symposium
WHEN: April 14 and 15, 2011
WHO: Hip hop legends Afrika Bambaataa, Popmaster Fabel, and other invited guests
WHERE: Cornell University, various locations
ITHACA, N.Y. – What started in the Bronx makes a stop in Ithaca: Cornell University’s American Studies Program presents “Born in the Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Hip Hop & Radical Peace,” a symposium about hip hop on April 14 and 15.
The origins of hip hop will be celebrated with a DJ set, panel discussions, a Q&A session and a visit to a local community center.
DJ Afrikaa Bambaataa —the Amen-Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture and the Father of the Electro-Funk Sounds — is a pioneer of this musical and cultural movement. This is Bambaataa’s first return to campus since he helped Cornell University Library open its hip-hop collection in 2008. That 7,000-piece collection is the largest archive on the beginnings of the musical genre, documenting its early days with recordings, photographs, posters and more.
The symposium’s public calendar includes:
This symposium is supported by The Atkinson Forum of the American Studies Program at Cornell University, funded by Cornell donors David and Pat Atkinson to enrich and enhance the curriculum in American Studies and the cultural life of the entire university. The forum brings thinkers, actors, musicians, writers, dancers and artists to Cornell.
NOTE: Journalists, you are welcome to cover the symposium events and the DJ set. For media questions, please contact Blaine Friedlander, Cornell Press Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 254-8093.