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Universal Zulu Nation announces series of events

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 organization "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 UZN "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-Hop "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. "This will be the biggest anniversary that we have ever done," promises Amad Henderson, President and Co-founder of Universal Zulu Nation. A who "s who of headliners will be announced throughout the summer.

Confirmed Official Universal Zulu Nation events include:

- Central Park Summerstage with Rock Steady Crew, July 27th

- Staten Island Summerstage featuring Latin Freestyle superstars Lisette Melendez and George Lamond, July 30th

- Martha "s Vineyard Summer Madness Festival featuring Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Monie Love, Amel Larrieux, and Queen Lisa Lee (Soulsonic Force "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-Hop "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. 

CFO Onie Rivers puts Hip Hop and Universal Zulu Nation "s symbiotic legacy and evolution in perspective: "Art, Style, Fashion - we brought so much to life. We are bringing it back and looking to the future. This anniversary celebration isn "t just a rap show; this is a celebration of how Hip-Hop culture and Universal Zulu Nation have transitioned into global forces for good. Hip-Hop as a culture encompasses the world." 

Muhammad Islam, Universal Zulu Nation Vice President and spokesperson concurs,"Hip-Hop culture has been a longtime coming, and now it includes all genres of music - rock, electronic, funk. Our goal is to bring all people together. Just as I was able to move from the Bronx to the city, so have Hip-Hop and Universal Zulu Nation moved across territories."

Reflecting on Universal Zulu Nation "s staying power and broad appeal, Universal Zulu Nation President and Co-founder Amad Henderson adds, "Hip-Hop saves lives, it saved our lives. It gives everyone hope."

It is a fitting tribute to Afrika Bambaataa "s revolutionary vision. As Bam puts it, "We were living history; we just didn "t know it yet."

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