It was 38 years ago this week when Bronx gang/youth group (depending on your politics) Universal Zulu Nation coalesced under the leadership of future hip-hop godfather Afrika Bambaataa. It’s an odd anniversary to be celebrating, but who can complain when it means a five-day run of events culminating in a Roxanne Shanté–hosted “Salute to the Queens of Hip-Hop” that features, among others, Lisa Lee, Kid Capri, Melle Mel, DMC, Doug E. Fresh, and the Cold Crush Brothers. Yeah, that’s a few more male acts than the title implies, but you can still count on a crowd of all genders dedicated to—as James Brown suggested on a Bambaataa-assisted single—peace, love, unity, and having fun.
Sun., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., 2011
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