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Hip-hop pioneer DJ Afrika Bambaataa returned to Cornell April 14-15 for an academic and musical symposium on the origins and lasting impact of the hip-hop movement.
The Friday afternoon seminar-style discussion with Steve Pond and Bonna Boettcher's (Music 3303) class featured Afrika Bambaataa, the Godfather of Hip-Hop and the founder of the Zulu Nation, as well as hip-hop pioneers Jorge "Popmaster Fabel" Fabon, and Joe "Joe the Photographer" Conzo, Jr.
Students in this research-oriented course prepared questions, with an eye toward allowing for expansive, free-flowing, and interactive conversations with the founders of hip-hop, their histories and philosophies. The student focus for this event was to gain first-person research insights to add to the Kugelberg Archive's holdings.