The Cape Cod Human Rights Commission recently hosted their Human Rights Academy for high school students, hosted at Cape Cod Academy. Students from 11 of the fourteen public and private high schools on Cape Cod participated. This year the keynote speaker was Hip-Hop Jazz artist, ZYG 808 who performed his song "Insanity" and delivered a rousing keynote speech on the importance of leveling the social playing field to achieve effective human rights work by recognizing and eradicating the socially e
Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz artist and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Member, The ZYG 808 Delivered the keynote speech and performed for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Native American Heritage Luncheon.
A large room full of MassDOT employees and members of the general public gathered for the Native American Heritage Month Luncheon and Presentation at the DOT building in Downtown Boston, last Monday, November 19, 2018. This years keynote speaker: 15 year-old, Grammy nominated hip-h
Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz Artist, The ZYG 808 demonstrates that he embraces more than the musical styl of the conscious hip-hop era, through community involvement and artisitc collaboration.
"Hip-Hop, started out in the park..." is a famous line from songs by both MC Shan and Lauren Hill. Hip-Hop was born as a community activity on August 11, 1973 in the Bronx when a DJ called Kool Herc threw a back to school party in the community room at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. Around the same time, former warlo
Voting Now Open for the 2018 NAMA. Cast your vote for "Ask Yo Mama" - The GroovaLottos 'Best Pop Recording' and "Flippin" - Soul Poet's Syndicate 'Best Music Video'
NEW YORK - Tuesday night the Native American Music Association announced to top nominees for the 2018 Native American Music Awards and once again, Liberation Multimedia recording artists are on the ticket!
The GroovaLottos and their 4x Grammy nominated album "Ask Yo' Mama" can now add 'Best Pop Recording' by the Native American Music
"At The Party" features three songs, "The Concerto", "I
One festival down and two major shows, a music video premiere and E.P. release coming, The ZYG 808 is on the move!!! Meanwhile, school starts next Tuesday...
Over 2000 people filled Maritime Park for the 2018 Boston Jazz Fest this past Saturday and The ZYG 808 (pronounced Zee Why Gee 808) was there to rock the crowd. Backed by his bandmates, The GroovaLottos, the young hip-hop jazz percussionist and Emcee dazzled the crowd with his simultaneous drumming and rapping skills.
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The ZYG 808's debut music video, "The Concerto" premieres on YouTube on August 29th at 8 pm. The video features appearances by other rising hip-hop artists of the region.
Join Soul Poets Records and LM3 as we celebrate the online premiere of the debut music video, "The Concerto" by The ZYG 808. August 29th at 8PM on The ZYG 808's YouTube channel.
"The Concerto" music video includes appearance by up and coming Hip-Hop artists of the region. Folks who attended SXSW in Texas or the Hampton Beach Fe
New debut single by Hip-hop Jazz artist, The ZYG 808 goes live on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming and download services Wednesday, July 25th.
Bronx, NY - Gaining much positive attention from reviewers, club and podcast DJs, "The Concerto" by The ZYG 808 is poised to go live on streaming and download music services this coming Wednesday. The day of the release, The ZYG 808 will be on the road with The GroovaLottos and The Phunk Hits 2018 summer tour where The ZYG 808 has been building a steady
Some of the original venues to present Hip-hop include Block Parties and community events. In this tradition, The ZYG 808 brings his sound and message to the people on The Phunk Hits 2018 summer tour.
Last Saturday was the "4 Corners Day" celebration in Dorchester, MA, a family oriented event for the community held in Mother's Rest Park. The next day was an outdoor performance in Lopes Square in Provincetown, where a crowd gathered to hear the young MC flex his style. This coming Saturday, it's
The Phunk Hits 2018 Summer Concerto Tour adds two shows in Washington DC for The GroovaLottos and The ZYG 808 on July 6 and July 7.
This coming Weekend, The GroovaLottos will be playing two shows in Washington DC as a part of their The Phunk Hits 2018 summer concert tour.
July 6th the band will perform a live on the air concert on WPFW 89.3's "LIVE @ FIVE". Tune in at 5 PM to hear this Grammy nominated band do their thing.
July 7th, "The Dennis Banks Tribute Celebration" 4-9 PM at the Plymouth U
15 year-old Hip-Hop Jazz Artist co-founds record label focusing on Hip-Hop, Break-Beats, and Dance Music, as he prepares for the release of his debut solo project, "The Concerto" as well as other upcoming projects on the table.
As Mumble and Emo Rap are being touted as the sound of a new hip-hop generation, the same generation struggles to rise from the record industry imposed monolithic pigeon hole of banal music.
Sitting in the control room at Area Twenty-Two, listening to the post mastering session playback of the various mixes of "The Concerto", The ZYG 808 realizes that he is entering the game with a very distinctive sound and style, that especially stands out from many of his contemporaries. "Everybody's trying t
Hip-Hop Jazz Artist The ZYG 808 looks at the summer ahead as a featured artist on The Phunk Hits 2018 tour and working on his debut album, "The Intro".
Playing four shows in a row is a sign of things to come for The ZYG 808, as this past week was Haley House Bakery on Thursday, Southport on Friday, Dedham Square Coffeehouse on Saturday, and the Hyannis Open Street Festival on Sunday afternoon. "I didn't even bother taking my drums out of Pop's trunk." explained the soon-to-be 15 year-old percussi
A recent presentation by noted physicist and musician, Dr Stephon Alexander at UMass Dartmouth included a performance by The ZYG 808.
Although the arts and sciences are considered opposite ends of the academic spectrum, the interconnection between music, math and science is virtually inarguable. At a recent panel discussion in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth, comprised of physicist and musician, Stephon Alexander and noted playwright, media artist, and mus
The Phunk Hits 2018 summer concert tour schedule has been published with
additional dates to come throughout the eastern region. The kick-off show will be in Worcester, MA
Summer is coming and so is the The Phunk Hits 2018 summer street concert tour, featuring The GroovaLottos and The ZYG 808. Song Keepers, LTD has announced that the tour is set to kick off on May 26 in Worcester and is running until October 14th, hitting parks, street corners, and a few indoor venues throughout Massachusetts, N
Hip-Hop Jazz Percussionist struts his stuff and wins first place in the Mashpee Middle High School Talent Show. Performs song from upcoming album.
When you're 14 years old and have already headlined three jazz festivals, performed for crowds of 48,000 people and spent your last summer on tour as opposed to cutting lawns, a high school talent show might seem a bit passé, but not for The ZYG 808. When notices for auditions went up he jumped at the opportunity.
Mashpee Middle High School held it's ta
Rising percussionist and MC discusses how studying jazz has influenced his work as a hip-hop artist.
Since the introduction of the Walkman, to see a teenager with a pair of headphones or earbuds on is a common sight. We now have decades of parents complaining about the mind numbing effect of having music pumped into your ears all of the time as well as the isolating effect of personal listening devices. For musicians this activity is a form of studying as opposed to escapism. Such is the case wit
What are our eating habits? How prepared are we for emergencies and disasters? What determines repair protocols? What is a killer source of stress.
In the latest episode of DaPhunkeeProfessor.com, Mwalim visits the drive-tru, talks about an observation of the practices of the power company in making repairs after a storm and the need for people to be prepared in case of a storm. With his guest, Eddie Ray Johnson of The GroovaLottos, they discuss the deadly effects of the "John Henry Complex" and
Among the various jazz and fusion drummers who have influenced The ZYG 808, the style and career of John Blackwell, Jr had a considerable influence on the child prodigy's own development.
One night while performing with The GroovaLottos, The ZYG 808 took to the drum kit to perform "Baychester Ave", and instrumental jazz piece that he co-composed with his father, Mwalim. Before rolling into the up-tempo, Latin-influenced groove, he announced that he to dedicate this performance to the late John B
Listen to the "Where We From" mix-tape by many Oklahoma artist. Featuring Special Guest DJs: "DJ FAT RAT SQUEAK" & (Black Wall Street) DJ Earthquake.
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