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
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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
"At The Party" features three songs, "The Concerto", "I
The Phunk Hits 2018 summer concert tour is in full swing and the next stop is Focsicles in Provincetown, this coming Saturday.
The next stop on the party train is on Saturday, June 2 at Focsicles at the Governor Bradford, 312 Commercial Street, Provincetown. Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8PM show. $10 cover at the door. Focsicles is a new, family friendly, live music venue in Ptown and this will be the first of two stops that The GroovaLottos will be making at this venue as a part of The Phunk Hits
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
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
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
It is International Women's History Month and GroovaLottos keyboardist and singer reflects on the influence of legendary jazz great, Nina Simone on his performance style.
As the truck and equipment trailer of The GroovaLottos tooled through Dedham after another successful show at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse, the strains of Nina Simone's "Sinner Man" could be heard on the truck stereo. Mwalim turned it up slightly and began to sing along and even started scatting as Simone's rapid-fire, Pentacos
Hip-Hop MC & child prodigy, master percussionist, The ZYG steps into the hip-hop game with a different sense of raps place in the continuum of spoken-word and the oral tradition.
Before he picked up a microphone, legendary Hip-hop MC, Rakim Allah, was a tenor sax player. His sense of phrasing and flow as an MC was clearly shaped by his exposure to and participation in playing jazz. Likewise is true for the 14 year-old MC , The Z.Y.G., who holds Rakim on the mantle among his other influences in MC
From festivals to software to street fairs, the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN) is helping local businesses share and spread the news about what it means to love New Orleans as African American travel continues to rise globally along with African American travel spending, roughly $48 billion in the United States alone, according to Mandela Research, one of the leading travel and tourism research firms in the world.
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Brooklyn, New York City is home of music greats: Lena Horne, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Hubie Blake, Bob Cunningham, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, and others. The 15th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, March 28 thru April 30, 2014 has grown from a nine day neighborhood event to a highly anticipated month long borough-wide music series. The backbone of this community based jazz festival are the musicians and venues that keep Brooklyn's jazz scene vibrate and fuel its nightlife ec
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium celebrated its 14th year of presenting the art form Jazz on Sunday, November 3, at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The Jitu K. Weusi Founders Award was presented to the developers of Jazz Africa Heritage/JAH for their efforts in building this African diaspora economic and cultural bridge. The S. A. Lesedi Connection provided entertainment and all patrons enjoyed the culinary treat supplied by Brooklyn’s Madiba Restaurant. Some of the nearly 200 gue
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