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Zulu Nation

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Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B/Soul

The Universal Zulu Nation is an international hip hop awareness group formed and headed by hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. Originally known simply as the Organization, it arose in the 1970s as reformed New York City gang members began to organize cultural events for youths, combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of hip hop culture. By the 1980s, hip hop had spread globally, and the Zulu Nation has since established (autonomous) branches in Japan, France, Germany, UK, Australia, Poland and South Korea. The Zulu Nation has undergone changes over the past decade. From the late 1980s, at the height of the Afrocentric movement in hip hop (when artists such as KRS-One, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, the Native Tongues, and Rakim hit success), the movement seemed to be incorporating many doctrines from the Nation of Islam, the Nation of Gods and Earths, and the Nuwaubians. In the 2000s, however, its official Web site affirmed that the Zulu Nation has left the 15 Beliefs and instead adheres to Factology versus Beliefs, a religious philosophy and doctrine in Nuwaubianism. The imagery of the Zulu Nation has changed considerably as well. During the 1970s, and 1980s, Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation members would often clothe themselves in costumes representing different cultures of the world. These costumes were seen as symbols for the Zulu Nation's desire to help others regardless of nationality or skin color and also to symbolize people who were generally peaceful and good until they were oppressed by those who were not. Normal members, including whites and Latinos, would often wear necklaces or shirts depicting an outline of the African continent or a crude tribal drawing of a man's face. This was a symbol of the Zulu nations of Africa, from which the organization got its name. Nowadays, however, these things have been replaced by Egyptian symbols such as ankhs and pagan jewelry depicting pentagrams. There have been many offshoots to The Zulu Nation, most notable are: Ill Crew Universal (most directly linked to Zulu) , Hip Hop Congress , The Temple of Hiphop , Hip Hop Caucus. The Student Hip Hop Organization, Project Hip Hop, Hip Hop for Health, Hip Hop Coalition and many more. These organizations have varied areas of focus but none would exist with the Universal Zulu Nation paving the way.

        
Members
PortraitAli Shaheed Muhammad
b, ttbl *1970 US
PortraitAfrika Bambaataa
voc *1957 US
PortraitDJ Beat
PortraitRed Alert
voc *1956 US
PortraitBoy Ken
JP
PortraitFutura 2000
*1955 US
PortraitPhase 2
PortraitDynamax
PortraitDave Jolicoeur
voc *1968 US
PortraitFreez
PortraitMelvin Glover
voc *1961 US
PortraitAlamo
Jason Hunter
key
Claude Gray
voc US
PortraitLumumba Robert Carson
PortraitRichard Griffin
US
PortraitDJ Takada
DJ Ta-Shi
PortraitJazzy Joyce
*1967
PortraitGeorge Spivey
PortraitBobbito Garcia
PortraitJ.D.L.
voc US
Swel
voc
PortraitDJ Apollo
PortraitMaxwell Dixon
*1966 US
Kinetic Energy
voc US
Kevin Smith
voc, str US
K-Swift
1978-2008 US
PortraitDevious Doze
PortraitNorman Rogers
voc
PortraitAlien Ness
PortraitOscar Rodriguez
voc, fl, g
PortraitAnthony Hardin
PortraitDJ Defi J
BE
Mad Pat
PortraitDeams
NL
PortraitKelvin Mercer
voc
PortraitDJ Presto One
Yamada Man
PortraitCarlton Ridenhour
voc
Bob Khaleel
US
PortraitFred Brathwaite
PortraitVincent Mason
voc
PortraitDJ MK1
*1978 DE
PortraitKen Swift
US
PortraitLuana
voc IT
DJ Yukijirushi
PortraitMaximilian Lenz
*1965 DE
PortraitDondi
Willie Dones
US
PortraitDJ GM Yoshi
JP
Tommy Hamilton
syn, voc
Jamal Mitchell
Lisa Counts
PortraitSharon Green
Ellis Williams
PortraitJohn Miller
US
Michael Small
PortraitNathaniel Hall
ttbl, g *1970 US
PortraitWilliam Paul Mitchell
ttbl *1973 US
PortraitDurron Butler
p, voc *1967 US
PortraitJohn Fuentes
PortraitMitchell Manzanilla
PortraitJoseph Anthony Hernandez
PortraitJoseph Cartagena
PortraitTrevor Smith
PortraitAnthony Quiles
US
PortraitMark James
PortraitAntwan Patton
*1975
PortraitWilliam Braunstein
PortraitDana Owens
US
PortraitNasir Jones
*1973 US
PortraitDerrick Murphy
PortraitJoseph Kirkland
PortraitMalik Taylor
1970-2016 US
PortraitDavid Melendez
PortraitJames Jackson
Bryan Higgins
*1970 US
Sheldon Scott
Daisuke Sakama
PortraitDwayne Carter
*1982 US
PortraitCourtenay Henderson
PortraitCharles Stewart
*1971 US
PortraitDante Smith
*1973 US
PortraitLawanda McFarland
*1963 US
PortraitDaniel Bigeault
*1960 FR
PortraitKamaal Fareed
voc *1970 US
PortraitWilliam Jonathan Drayton
voc *1959 US
PortraitDerek Showard
ttbl US
PortraitAnthony Shawn Criss
PortraitTracy Marrow
*1958 US
PortraitMichael Perretta
PortraitMr. Wiggles
Sammy Burwell
Shingo.S
PortraitChris Oroc
*1974 US
PortraitMike Schwartz
PortraitCurtis Fisher
US
DJ Tony Crush
PortraitDavey D
PortraitRakaa Taylor
US
PortraitDJ Kosi
FR
Robert Darrell Allen
US
PortraitDante Givens
PortraitGuy Todd Williams
voc
Michael Whitelov
PortraitMark Potsic
PortraitMarc Stuart
PortraitLucas Macfadden
ttbl *1972 US
PortraitLawrence Krisna Parker
bvoc
Keith Caeser
PortraitRodney Stone
Jeff Miree
*1962 US
PortraitAnthony Williams
Reginald Payne
George Belton, Jr.
Larry Miller
PortraitBarry Bailey
PortraitCrazy Legs
*1966 US
PortraitR. Price
PortraitLorenzo DeChalus
*1968 US
PortraitFrederik Hahn
Q
PortraitDarryl Gibson
Nichelle Strong
Kenneth Pounder
PortraitCarlos Mandes
Adrian Harris
John Byas
PortraitCharles Andre Glenn
*1967 US
Lazy K
PortraitKevin Smith
PortraitAston Taylor Jr.
PortraitBülent Teztiker
DE
PortraitSean Armstrong
PortraitYolanda Whittaker
Jens Kameke
Darryl Calloway
Donald Lamont
Colin Julius Bobb
PortraitEdward Thompson
US
PortraitRobert Wallace
PortraitRichard Quitevis
Marc Lemberger
Kimanzi Edari
PortraitSylvia Macco
PortraitToni Landomini
voc
Masaki Yazawa
PortraitUlrich Schoop
Jin Yamamoto
PortraitKeith Grayson
R. Turnbow
PortraitJo-Vaughn Scott
Thierry Roche
PortraitThe Next One
*1969 IT
Anthony Bell
Yutaka Futagawa
PortraitYoshi Di Original
*2002 FR
Michael Fleming
PortraitFredrick Tipton
Shiro Sasaki
PortraitP-Sol
Kota Kagami
PortraitDJ S.T.R.E.S.S.
US
Ronald Savage
Paradox 2wx
Charles Turner
Hideyuki Sakakura
Louis Smith
US
PortraitMitchell Graham
US
DJ Notah
DE
Darryll Barksdale
Jarobi White
Sherlok W. Telgt
PortraitGeraldo Barreto
PortraitEric Winn
Popular Tracks   
Zulu Nation Throw Down on Zulu Nation Throw Down by Various Artists
Zulu Nation Throwdown on Looking for the Perfect Beat 1980 -1985 by Afrika Bambaataa
Zulu Nation Throw Down, Pt. 2 on Classic Hip Hop Jams, Vol. 2 by Various Artists

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Band Membership
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Hip Hop, Funk & Dance Classics Volume 3Afrika Bambaataa & Zulu Nation1993Album
Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation In Conjunction With Music Of Life Presents: Hip Hop Funk Dance Classics Volume 2Afrika Bambaataa & Zulu Nation1991Album
Zulu Nation Throw DownAfrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Cosmic Force / Harlem Underground Band1980Album
Zulu Nation Throw Down (Volume #2)Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Soulsonic Force / Harlem Underground Band1980Album
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