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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Born in the Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Hip Hop and Radical Peace - Cornell University Library

Hip hop legend Afrika Bambaataa and company will return to Ithaca for a second time, to participate in an academic and musical symposium: "Born in the Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Hip Hop & Radical Peace." Bambaataa will speak at a panel discussion and Q&A at Barnes Hall Auditorium on Thursday, April 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. He will be joined by several other prominent hip hop figures: seminal dance figure Popmaster Fabel, photojournalist Joe Conzo Jr., and hip hop scholars Sean Eversley Bradwell (Ithaca College) and Travis Gosa (Cornell). Johan Kugelberg, whose private collection formed the origins of Cornell's hip hop archive, will introduce the participants. On the evening of April 14, the performers will do a DJ set at Theta Delta Chi Fraternity House to an already-sold-out crowd. They will also visit the Southside Community Center for a private father-son event on April 15. 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 hip hop culture, documenting its early days with recordings, photographs, posters and more

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