Two big hip-hop festivals this weekend in Seattle, Feb. 13-16 — 206 Zulu's fifth-anniversary celebration and REAL TO REEL: Hip Hop Film Festival.
Two huge hip-hop events are going down this weekend.
206 Zulu 5th Anniversary
Seattle grass-roots hip-hop organization 206 Zulu is celebrating its fifth anniversary from Feb. 13 to 16. There will be DJ and MC performances, break-dancing battles, a graffiti expo, live painting, youth workshops and parties.
The Universal Zulu Nation (UZN) is an international hip-hop awareness group founded by the godfather of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa, to promote hip-hop culture across the world. Seattle’s chapter, 206 Zulu, started in 2004 with the UZN motto of “Peace, Love, Unity & Havin’ Fun.”
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Festival visual artists include SireOne, DVS, OneSevenNine, SEN ONE and Charms Won. There will be a showcase of emerging artists, along with One Be Lo (Detroit), Dim Mak of OLDOMINION, Khingz, D. Black of Sportn’ Life Records, Sirens Echo (Portland) and DJ Mark Luv (Los Angeles). And finally, look for performances by Dyme Def, Orbitronand They Live, plus DJ’s Soul One, DV One of Rock Steady Crew, Bles One and Tecumseh.
The festivities are all around Seattle — Vera Project, Seattle Center and EMP. The kickoff party is this Friday at 9 p.m. at Hidmo, 2000 S. Jackson St. in Seattle, with the after-party Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E. in Seattle. For more information, go to — www.206zulu.com/anniversary.html.
REAL TO REEL Hip Hop Film Festival
This hip-hop film festival also takes place this weekend, presenting films about the role of hip-hop in the community. They include:
• “Bringing Hip-Hop Back to the Hood” — Two short films, presented by the Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, about local hip-hop activism and youth empowerment.
• “Masizakhe, Let Us Build Together” — Film that presents hip-hop as a global culture, featuring South African spoken word artists and hip-hop groups like Ghetto Youth Uprising.
• “What is 206 Zulu?” — A documentary on 206 Zulu, Seattle’s branch of the hip-hop cultural institution.
• “A Beautiful One Man Show” — A look into Free, founding member of dance crew Circle of Fire.
• “206HipHopumentary” — Documentary on the legacy of 206 Hip Hop, by the Multi-Media Center’s Kejona Mazadi Youth Coalition.
• “Coolout TV” — A presentation highlighting Seattle youth leadership and hip-hop, featuring the Youngstown krump competition, Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council performances and interviews, along with teaching artist Laura “Piece” Kelley Jahn.
For a full schedule, go to www.206zulu.com/realtoreel.html.
Marian Liu: 206-464-3825 or email@example.com