Tomorrow at 7pm, National Geographic Live presents a one-of-a-kind evening with some of hip-hop's most legendary figures. The event will feature Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley in a discussion about the often under-appreciated evolution of and deep-rooted connections between reggae and hip-hop.
Hip-hop, now a multibillion-dollar industry, originated as a vital form of cultural expression in Africa that was translocated by the slave trade to the Caribbean and the American colonies. It blossomed a half century ago in the dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica, and soon migrated to the parks jams and recreational centers of New York City, where the culture became known as hip-hop. This evolution forms the basis of the DistantRelativesmusic project, a collaborative effort by Marley and Nas, which will comprise of an album set for release in early 2010, a documentary film, performances and a series of public discussions.
Joining Nas and Marley for this conversation, moderated by MTV VJ Sway, will be key players in the development of both musical genres, including Kool Herc, Rakim, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, Waterflow and DJ Red Alert.
Catch a glimpse of last night's concert with Corinne Bailey Rae at Hiro Ballroom in NYC, performing a new song "Love is on its Way". Corinne's upcoming full-length album, The Sea, will be released in January 2010. Thanks to everyone who came out for this special New York appearance!
If you missed it, here are some highlights from the 4th installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions featuring the Los Angeles debut of Nigerian Singer/Songwriter Nneka along with special guest DJ Vikter Duplaix.