Hip hop stars at museum event

Last year's Hip Hop history event at Leeds City Museum, which attracted almost 3,000 people. Picture: Aim Photography for Universal Zulu Nation.
Last year's Hip Hop history event at Leeds City Museum, which attracted almost 3,000 people. Picture: Aim Photography for Universal Zulu Nation.
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Music lovers can get a lesson in hip hop history tomorrow in a free event at Leeds City Museum.

The event, which marks 41 years of hip hop culture, follows on from a successful celebration last year which attracted almost 3,000 people.

It also celebrates 42 years of the Universal Zulu Nation - the founding family of hip hop culture, formed by legendary artist Afrika Bambaataa.

Saturday’s activities include live performances from local and national artists including Donald D, Dynamax (Ice T’s Rhyme Syndicate), DJ Supreme (Hijack), Ithunder & D.M.W, DJ Rasp, Kaos Krew and Testament, as well as workshops and DJ sets.

There will also be a question and answer panel with English rapper, poet, and journalist Akala, and Talib Kweli an American Hip Hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York.

Marek Romaniszyn, assistant curator at Leeds Museums and Galleries who has been helping to put the event together, said: “This weekend will be a great opportunity to celebrate and learn about one of the most influential music and cultural movements of the last four decades. Hip Hop has permeated so many aspects of our society, so it’s important that we recognise the impact it’s had and give those with an interest and passion for Hip Hop a chance to learn more and pick up some tips from those who have paved the way.”

Coun Brian Selby, lead member for museums and galleries, added: “Hosting vibrant events like this at the museum is a reminder that history and culture are not just about looking back to the ancient world, they’re also about celebrating things like hip hop and music which have made a deep and lasting impression on modern society.”

Hip Hop history celebration takes place on Saturday, December 14, from 11am until 4pm and is free for all ages.

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