Bambaataa Plans Cornell Visit

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Bambaataa Plans First Public Appearances as Cornell Visiting Scholar

ITHACA, N.Y. (Nov. 7, 2012) — Hip Hop founding father and Electro-Funk pioneer, DJ Afrika Bambaataa, will make his first public appearances at Cornell University since his appointment to a three-year term as a visiting Cornell scholar.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Bambaataa will make two public appearances in Ithaca:

  • 5 p.m., G10 Biotech on the Cornell campus: Public talk on Hip Hop history, also featuring Crazy Legs and DJ Rich Medina of the world-famous Rock Steady Crew
  • 7 p.m., The Haunt: A live show with guest DJ Rich Medina, presented by Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection and Dan Smalls Presents. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

In addition to the public events, Bambaataa will also be lecturing for Cornell’s new Hip Hop course, meeting with young men at the Fingerlakes Residential Center and speaking to students at Ithaca College.
Members of the community are invited to join the 5 p.m public talk and 8 p.m. Haunt performance. Journalists are welcome to join the public events; Bambaataa is available for interviews outside of the public events upon request.

Tickets are required for the Haunt performance and can be purchased from Dan Smalls Presents.

As a visiting scholar, Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s campus several days each year to talk to classes, meet with community groups, and perform the music he helped create and expand. His appointment was made in August 2012 by Cornell's Department of Music and Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection, the largest national archive on Hip Hop culture, documenting its birth and growth by preserving thousands of recordings, flyers, photographs and other artifacts.

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Hip Hop founding father Afrika Bambaataa will make his first public appearances at Cornell as a visiting scholar