Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Marwin a.k.a. bBoy "Reddy Redski" interview
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This is a short interview with Marwin a.k.a. bBoy "Reddy Redski" of Zulu Nation in NYC. This interview is part of a larger project under the guise of SKILLZ magazine. This is from a shoot this summer in Queens, NY. It's an old school bBoy jam in the park. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term bBoy, that refers to what is commonly referred to as breakdancers.
A very brief introduction is profided in the following text by the Zulu Kings from the "Universal Zulu Nation: Northstar Chapter" website. For those who are unaware, the Universal Zulu Nation is the oldest (established 1973), and most-respected organization dedicated to the preservation of hip-hop. Bambaataa, who was influenced by the resolve and determination of the legendary warrior, Shaka Zulu, adopted the name of this well known South African tribe, lending it to hip-hop’s American-born clan of Ghetto Warriors - Bam’s soldiers - The Universal Zulu Nation.
It was the idea of Afrika Bambaataa to use the universal power of music to cross all barriers and to spread the message of the Universal Zulu Nation. With the birth of the Hip-Hop culture, Bambaataa and members of the Universal Zulu Nation (i.e. Soulsonic Force, Shango, Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster D.S.T, Fab 5 Freddy,) started to travel throughout the world to spread the Hip-Hop culture and uplift communities everywhere.
Apart from their mutual love for hip-hop, members of the Zulu Nation are bound together by a table of 15 core philosophies that stretch from belief in God to a push of heightened awareness of the white supremacy propagated through our history books. The organization’s mission statement expresses that the Universal Zulu Nation stands for "knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, peace, unity, love, respect, work, fun, overcoming the negative to the positive, economics, mathematics, science, life, truth, facts, faith, and oneness with God."
Text originally taken from:
"Looking Back on the Zulu Nation Warriors"
Sacha Jenkins (URB Magazine ’94)
Posted by Lynn Lane at 12:58 AM