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Black August 2000

Press Releases, '99 Festival

Performers, '99

On line video from the 1998 Cuban Rap Festival in Havana

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New York & Havana:
BLACK AUGUST 1999

Hip-Hop exchange with Cuba creates studio/library in Havana
and raises funds for US political prisonners

The 1999 benefit concert was on August 8th, 1999 and had the following promo:

"For the second year, the Black August Benefit Concert will feature some of hip-hop’s most respected artists in an all-star, two city jam that will raise funds for the creation of a hip-hop library and studio in Havana, Cuba and an emergency fund for political prisoners in the United States. While these concepts may seem disparate, Black August holds these elements -- hip hop, U.S. political prisoners and Cuba -- together with the common theme of revolution: hip hop was and is a revolutionary cultural art form, Cuba, with all its faults and attributes, is defined by its revolutionary history, and U.S. political prisoners and exiles, many of whom have been given political asylum in Cuba, are products of revolutionary movements within the United States. This year’s performances, in New York City and Havana, will be radio broadcast [details to follow]." -- from Press Release, '99.

Press Release 7/99

SECOND ANNUAL BLACK AUGUST HIP-HOP BENEFIT CONCERT
HIP HOP EXCHANGE WITH CUBA CREATES FUND FOR U.S. POLITICAL PRISONERS

AUGUST 8th , 1999

NEW YORK CITY
at The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street
Doors open at 7PM, Tickets: $15  (21 & older)

FEATURED:        COMMON (MCA RECORDS); MOS DEF (RAWKUS RECORDS);

PERFORMERS:   REFLECTION ETERNAL - TALIB KWELI & DJ HI-TEK (RAWKUS RECORDS)
                             BAHAMADIA (GROOVE ATTACK)
                             THE COUP (DOGDAY RECORDS)
                             DEAD PREZ (LOUD RECORDS)
                            special guests GIL SCOTT-HERON and MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO.

MUSIC BY:         DJ TONY TOUCH (TOMMY BOY RECORDS)

SPONSORED BY: 

                            STRESS MAGAZINE, RAWKUS RECORDS, TRIPLE 5 SOUL, LOUD RECORDS,                               ATLANTIC RECORDS, MCA RECORDS, THE MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS                               MOVEMENT, and THE WILLIAM W. O’NEILL FOUNDATION

For the second year, the Black August Benefit Concert will feature some of hip hop’s most respected artists in an all-star, two city jam that will raise funds for the creation of a hip-hop library and studio in Havana, Cuba and an emergency fund for political prisoners in the United States. While these concepts may seem disparate, Black August holds these elements -- hip hop, U.S. political prisoners and Cuba -- together with the common theme of revolution: hip hop was and is a revolutionary cultural art form, Cuba, with all its faults and attributes, is defined by its revolutionary history, and U.S. political prisoners and exiles, many of whom have been given political asylum in Cuba, are products of revolutionary movements within the United States. This year’s performances, in New York City and Havana, will be radio broadcast [details to follow].

The Black August Benefit Concert will raise money for the purchase of microphones, turntables, tape decks, samplers, and other unavailable music and text resources towards the creation of a public hip hop library/studio in Havana, Cuba. These gifts of cultural good will be augmented by the exchange that will take place at this year’s 5th Annual Cuban Rap Festival, August 27th to 29th, where hip hop artists from the United States will perform along side of Cuban artists as well as participate in the Festival’s colloquia series on the history and impact of hip hop.

The Black August Benefit Concert will also raise money for the legal and educational campaigns underway on behalf of the estimated 100 men and women currently incarcerated within the United States or living in exile because of their political beliefs. Black August puts forth the idea that it is important for the hip hop community to have exposure to these men and women, and that we all recognize the link between the rights of political dissidents -- whether living in the United States or in Cuba -- to express their political beliefs and our own rights to be free from censorship, police harassment, and government control.

The arrival of the first Africans as slaves in America was in August, 1619, the Nat Turner Rebellion was in August, 1831, the Underground Railroad began in August, 1850, and the birth of Marcus Garvey was in August, 1887. The March on Washington and the death of W.E.B. Dubois was in August, 1963, the Watts rebellions were in August, 1965 and the assassination of George Jackson was in August, 1971. On August 8th, 1999 the Black August Benefit Concert will honor this tradition of resistance for the second year by linking the hip hop generation -- in the U.S. and Cuba -- with the generation of community activists -- now political prisoners-- that preceded it.

NEW YORK CITY
at The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street
Doors open at 7PM, Tickets: $15, 21 & older

PRESS CONTACT: CLYDE VALENTIN - 718-206-2210

Another press release

From: UglyPlanet@aol.com

Date sent: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 12:22:12 EDT

Subject: Black August: A celebration of Hip Hop & our Freedom Fighters

To: Vagabond@aol.com

On sunday, Aug 8th, at 7PM, Join Ricanstruction, Common, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal (featuring Talib Kweli & Hi Tek), Bahamadia, The Coup, Fat Joe & the Terror Squad, & many other very special guests... at the Bowery Ballroom, located @ 6 Delancey st. in NYC, for Black August: a celebration of Hip-Hop & our Freedom Fighters.

The Black August Collective was formed to educate the Hip-Hop audience about U.S. political prisoners and POWs and assist in their legal defense campaign cost. Black August also seeks to create a Hip-Hop library and studio in Havana, Cuba and challenges the U.S. embargo of Cuba by donating medicine and toys to hospitals & day care center in Cuba...

For more Info: 1-800-286-5216 ext 11

Party for your right to fight!!!


Video from the 1998 Rap Festival

Go to AfroJazz.com's outstanding site for video clips from the 1998 festival:

http://afrojazz.com/Video/video.html


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