Hip Hop Celebration Features Special Concert with Bobby Sanabria and Rebel Diaz, and 30th Anniversary Screening of Wild Style

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Three events during Bronx Week are part of the Bronx Music Heritage Center's monthly Bronx Rising! series, held in the BMHC Lab in the South Bronx. The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) was founded by the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation to fulfill their mission of creating a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx.

Wild Style documents hip hop in its early days in the Bronx.

Bronx Rising! looks to our roots and our future.

The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) Lab’s acclaimed series Bronx Rising! Music, Film & Spoken Word of the Borough continues in May during Bronx Week. Curated by folklorist Elena Martínez of City Lore and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria, the series showcases the breadth of arts about the Bronx, by Bronx artists or significant to the borough’s community.

May Bronx Rising! Events

Music: Bronx Beat Masters featuring Bobby Sanabria and Rebel Diaz
Thursday, May 16, 8:00 pm

*Bobby Sanabria and Rebel Diaz will fuse Latin Jazz and hip hop. A Bronx native, Sanabria is a seven-time Grammy-nominated artist, an inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame, and the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2013 Percussionist of the Year. Rebel Diaz is an internationally renowned bi-lingual hip hop duo who started the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, a South Bronx community organization.

Film: 30th anniversary screening of Wild Style and Q&A w/ director Charlie Ahearn and film participants DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore and Waterbed Kev from the Fantastic Romantic 5

Friday, May 17, 8:00pm
*Directed by Charlie Ahern and set in the South Bronx, the iconic film Wild Style follows many of hip-hop’s early influencers, like pioneering DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore – who is credited with inventing scratching and needle-dropping – and Waterbed Kev from the Fantastic Romantic 5. There will also be a special screening of Ahearn's 2007 short film The Brothers Fantastic.

Palabras/Words: The Drama of King Shotaway
Saturday, May 18, 7:30pm

*In honor of the 12th anniversary of UNESCO’s Proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the BMHC presents a reading of The Drama of King Shotaway. Written by William Henry Brown in 1823, the play tells the story of the 1795 Black Caribs' (Garifunas) defense of the Island of Saint Vincent against colonization. It is recognized as the first Black drama of the American Theater. Author Sidney Mejía will read the passages, accompanied by drummers Oracio Alvarez, Rosendo Blanco, Julio Rubio and Julio Avila. The night will also feature an outdoor recitation projected onto the Intervale Green building in Garifuna and English by City Lore's POEMobile.

The BMHC Lab is located at 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd. in the Bronx. Take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street.

“The Bronx has a long history of musical, artistic, and literary talent emerging from here,” says Martinez, the co-producer of the ALMA-award-winning film, From Mambo to Hip Hop, about the creative life of the South Bronx. Sanabria adds, “Bronx Rising! looks to our roots and our future; for a few months, it will make the BMHC Lab an epicenter for some of the always-swirling creative juices of the Bronx.”

Bronx Rising! is cosponsored by City Lore. BMHC programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. BMHC programming is also made possible with support from The New York Community Trust, The Kresge Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

About the Bronx Music Heritage Center
The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) celebrates the rich history and creative spirit that defines Bronx music, from jazz, salsa, R&B and hip-hop to new sounds coming to life across the borough. Founded by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), the BMHC is committed to preserving and promoting Bronx music, cultivating Bronx artists, spurring neighborhood revival, and providing free cultural programs for the community. The BMHC presents performances and other events at the storefront BMHC Lab in Crotona Park East, and at venues across the Bronx. For more information about the BMHC, visit bronxmusic.org

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