This weekend, the South by South Bronx Festival aims to provide a reminder of Hip Hop’s deeply-rooted tradition.
“More than anything we wanted to have a festival that represents Hip Hop culture and not the Rap music industry,” said Rodrigo “RodStarz” Venegas, of the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, which helped organize the event, to NY Daily News. “Hip Hop culture … represents values of unity, of justice, of peace. And we don’t feel like the corporate-driven Rap music industry represents that.”
The South by South Bronx festival, which began Friday (December 14), will continue through Saturday (December 15) at Hostos Center, and will feature DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, and renowned B-Boy Popmaster Fabel.
Saturday features conversations with Bambaataa and Herc, as well as performances from Grandmaster Caz, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore – credited with discovering scratching, Sadat X, and many more.
The event will go from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM today. For more details, visit sxsbx.org, or call the Hostos Box office at (718) 518-4455 to reserve free tickets.