Universal Zulu Nation, the First Family of Hip-Hop, celebrates a new chapter in its remarkable history with the launch of UZN Events Corporation. The illustrious organizationâ€™s newest division will be hosting a summer-long series of exclusive events culminating in the Official 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop celebration being held in festival format over 6 days in New York City, November 4th through November 9th, 2014.
Not only will UZNâ€™s Hip-Hop festival host the most influential and recognizable artists in the genre throughout the last 40 years, it will also host additional genres that have been influential throughout Hip-Hopâ€™s existence, including but not limited to, rock, punk, EDM, funk, and many others. Many contributors to previous Hip-Hop Anniversaries have rightfully become legends in their fields, and many of them return to New York every November to repay the community that has supported them from day one. â€œThis will be the biggest anniversary that we have ever done,â€ promises Amad Henderson, President and Co-founder of Universal Zulu Nation. A whoâ€™s who of headliners will be announced throughout the summer.
Confirmed Official Universal Zulu Nation events include:
Crotona Park Summerstage featuring the legendary Chuck Chillout, DJ Hollywood, and Busy Bee, June 25th
Central Park Summerstage with Rock Steady Crew, July 27th
Staten Island Summerstage featuring Latin Freestyle superstars Lisette Melendez and George Lamond, July 30th
Marthaâ€™s Vineyard Summer Madness Festival featuring Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Monie Love, Amel Larrieux, and Queen Lisa Lee (Soulsonic Forceâ€™s first female MC), August 8th
Woodstock 45th Anniversary/UZN 41st Anniversary, August 15th-17th
Exclusive official Universal Zulu Nation events during Hip-Hop History Month in November will include an Amateur Night, a Hip-Hop & Electronica Celebration, a Break Dance Contest, the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Culture, a Funk Night, and a Hip-Hop & Punk Night. Details to be announced soon.
The sweeping range of talent and events is a testament to Hip-Hopâ€™s dynamic nature and its indelible, resounding impact on world history. In just 40 years, Hip-Hop, once the soundtrack of the projects, has become the driving force in global pop culture, and Universal Zulu Nation has emerged as its primary emissary.
Originally established as an urban youth group in the Bronx in 1973 by DJ, producer, and activist Afrika Bambaataa, Universal Zulu Nation has grown over the past four decades into one of the most internationally-renowned and respected cultural and social organizations with thousands of members and over 50 chapters in countries around the world including Japan, the U.K., France, and South Africa.