Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Launches $1 Million Indiegogo Campaign for New Museum



Campaign Starts Off with $500,000 Grant; Hip-Hop Global Media & Entertainment to Manage Harlem Youth Media Education Program and TV Studios Producing Content for its Hip-Hop TV Network Channels, National TV Broadcasters and Cable Channels

NEW YORK, NY, December 17, 2014 – Hip-Hop Global Media & Entertainment LLC team up with the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame™ + Museum™ (HHHOF) to announce the launch of their fundraising campaign benefitting the Harlem based Hip-Hop Museum on Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. The campaign is looking to raise $1 million dollars in order to finalize construction and establish operations. As proof of the importance of this endeavor, one member of the community has already taken action in order to ensure the storied legacy of hip-hop is cemented for generations to come by extending a $500,000 Matching Challenge Fund Grant.

All fans, supporters, music lovers, and champions of positive youth development programs can make direct donations at

Donors will have access to perks such as special mentions, gifts, merchandise, memberships, value packages, and tickets to upcoming concerts and fundraising events for their donations of all sizes and amounts.

“This is a great opportunity for the Fans and Community of Hip-Hop around the World to participate in finally opening up a Hip-Hop Museum in New York City,” stated Hip-Hop Fall of Fame Chairman JT Thompson. “We can’t wait for everyone to experience the awesome museum + youth media academy, which is scheduled to open in spring of 2015.”

Fans and Supporters can also become ‘Founding VIP Members & Fans’ of the HHHOF by making a $35 donation directly to the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame + Museum on its website at . The first 100,000 who sign up for $35 will be inducted in the museum’s ‘Fan Wall of Fame’, the first ever Fan Interactive Exhibit inside the Museum, presenting their name, photo, and video message. Membership includes Certificate, 10% discount on HHHOF Events & Merchandise, and discounts from participating retail and corporate partners. The first 10,000 “Founding VIP Member & Fans” will receive a life time pass to the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum.

The Indiegogo campaign funds will be used to finalize the site lease, facility design, construction, equipment, staffing, and two years of operations for the Hip-Hop Museum and the Youth Media Program and TV Studios. There will be job opportunities, internships, and volunteers needed for this historical effort. The HHHOF is a 501c3 Non-profit Museum and Educational Institution whose mission is to Preserve, Archive, Exhibit, Educate, and Showcase Hip-Hop Music & Culture from around the world.

The Harlem facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2015. Hip-Hop Global Media & Entertainment will create the curriculum and manage the program, and the TV Studios that will be state of the art high definition digital video, audio, lighting, and control room equipment for the youth and professionals to produce real content for the Hip-Hop TV Network Channels, National TV Broadcasters, Cable Channels, and via Http://HipHopTVChannel.Com and Http://HipHopHallofFame.Org .

The Pop-Up Hip-Hop Museum exhibits will come from the HHHOF and various collections. The goal of the visitor center is to broaden exposure, access, and education to the arts by sharing the diversity of real Hip-Hop Music & Arts Culture with children, youth, families, fans, and tourists who may only see videos and hear music on the radio and not know the true elements of hip-hop culture. These exhibits will also tour schools, cities, and countries with programs and curriculums that demonstrate how Hip-Hop Culture has significant contributions and social, educational, and economic impacts around the world.

For more information, media & press inquiries, interviews, or sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships contact or follow us at HipHopHallofFame.Org, or



Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.  For more information, visit and follow us at


About The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum (Http://HipHopHallofFame.Org) The Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the fully chartered nonprofit museum and educational institution that exists to educate, inspire and entertain fans, visitors, tourists, and scholars from around the world about the history and significant contributions of hip hop music and culture that continues to have a major socio-economic impact on urban and pop culture worldwide. It will carry out this mission through building and operating a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its archives, memorabilia, documentaries, and library as well as its educational and entertainment programs. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show was created in 1992 by producer JT Thompson on BET cable network in the 1990s and recently

returned in 2014 broadcasting on Soul of the South TV Network as the main fundraising catalyst to open the Museum & Entertainment Complex in Midtown Manhattan NYC adjacent to Time Square. The building will feature the Hall, Museum, Retail Gift Shop, Arcade, Restaurant, TV studios, and Concert Lounge producing 200 live events & concerts annually and is set to open in late 2016-17.  Memorabilia and Collectibles are presently being gathered and catalogued with ongoing community outreach and educational programs, television specials, and entertainment events nationwide. The facility will create up to 300 jobs and see an estimated 1,000,000 visitors annually while contributing a socio-economic impact of $350M annually from onsite and offsite programming, tourism, B2B local commerce, consumer spending, business and city revenues generated to the local and state economies in the Tri-State area.  Learn more about the Hip-Hop Hall of fame at  and

Show Review: Sariyah Idan @ Hotel Cafe, Hollywood


Sariyah Idan commemorated the release of her debut EP “Deeper Than Skin“, now available on iTunes, and her first music video. Performing with a full 5 piece band, who are very talented in their own right, we were taken into a revolutionary rendezvous with Sariyah as she sang powerful, soulful, spirited songs filled with stories of joy, struggle, love and social justice.


Her mix of dub, folk, rock and soul – emotional, raw and political is refreshing particularly valuable in these tumultuous present times.  Highly recommended next time she is in your town, we look forward to all her upcoming shows and music releases.


Internationally touring artist Sariyah Idan is jazz and folk trained, hip-hop educated and influenced by the music of her Jewish roots. Raised in New York as a singer and dancer of world folk traditions, she has shared stages with legends Pete Seeger and Lee “Scratch” Perry, as well as recordings with Marcia Griffiths and Caron Wheeler on Dubblestandart’s album “Woman In Dub”.


Her debut solo EP “Deeper Than Skin” has been called “a unique blend of genres”. Striking a balance between sultry love songs and socio-political injustice, Tikkun Magazine reviewed the project as “a smooth delivery of raw truth, bold stance, and real vision—a soulful communiqué from an artist making a bold entrance onto the global stage.”


As a writer/actor, Sariyah is known for her solo hip-hop theater show Homeless in Homeland based on a trip she took to Israel/Palestine. The show was reviewed as “a stunning piece of theater” by The Brighton Fringe Review and the Hollywood Progressive credited her for “displaying enormous courage as well as talent.”

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Why You Do from Sariyah Idan on Vimeo.


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African Thriller Remix Contest


“African Thriller”, the first single from Rocky Dawunis forthcoming Branches of the Same Tree (out March 17th, 2015) embodies a unique and accessible “Afro-Roots” sound: a sumptuously funky blend of soul, pop, Afrobeat and reggae grooves. With his internationally recognized charisma and reputation as a dedicated activist, Rocky is a galvanizing performer and now he wants you to remix his celebratory track!

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The “African Thriller Remix Contest” is your opportunity to express yourself through Rocky Dawuni’s music in whatever genre of your choosing. All are encouraged to enter and winners will be selected directly by Rocky. Be as creative as you can and transform Rocky’s music!

In his own words: “My song ‘African Thriller’ represents a cultural fusion of musical styles and challenging boundaries. I believe it lends itself to exciting and interesting sonic interpretations.


This month, the electrifying video for “African Thriller” features DJ and Producer Jeremey Sole‘s remixed version of the song. Sole, an acclaimed host on Los Angeles’ taste-defining radio station KCRW has previously remixed tracks for Femi Kuti, David Bowie, Thievery Corporation and Quantic among others. Watch the video here.

Full downloadable stems of “African Thriller” can be downloaded directly here. And are available on Cumbancha’s Soundcloud page here.

All details including prizes, rules, submission guidelines and deadlines can be found con the contest’s page here.



The Grand Prize Winner’s track will be promoted through the artist’s and label’s social media and the winner will receive The House of Marley’s lux Bamboo Get Together Bluetooth ® Portable Audio Systemas well as a signed, limited-edition vinyl copy of Rocky’s new album Branches of the Same Tree. Two Runner Ups will receive the stylish Liberate On-Ear Headphones also from The House of Marley.


Contest Dates:


December 8, 2014- Remix Contest begins

February 8, 2015 - Remix Contest closes (all submissions must be made before midnight EST)

March 17, 2015 – Branches of Same Tree album release date + Remix Contest winner is announced


More on African Thriller


African Thriller” is the first single from Rocky Dawuni’s forthcoming album Branches of the Same Tree,to be released by Cumbancha in March 2015. The single is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Cumbancha’s webstore and other online outlets.



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More about Rocky Dawuni


Rocky Dawuni is a musician and humanitarian activist from Ghana, West Africa. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, his recordings and thrilling live performances have attracted thousands to his concerts around the world at top festivals and prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Dawuni has collaborated and performed with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others.


Dawuni’s eloquence, cultural diplomacy and successful melding of music and activism have led him to become a passionate spokesperson for various global causes. He has joined forces with Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center and the UN Foundation. In 2012, Dawuni was appointed the Tourism and Cultural Ambassador of Ghana and World Ambassador for the Musicians Union of Ghana. The same year, he was named a United Nations Foundation Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, alongside actress Julia Roberts and chef José Andrés.


Rocky Dawuni’s sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, promises to bring him an even wider international audience. Influenced by the soulful beats of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the positive messages and deep grooves of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael Franti, K’naan and Matisyahu, Rocky Dawuni’s songs straddle the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create a universally appealing sound that unites generations and cultures.


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Exclusive GRAMMY U® Off The Record With 10-Time GRAMMY® Winner Chaka Khan

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Exclusive GRAMMY U® Off The Record With 10-Time GRAMMY® Winner Chaka Khan in conversation with Rita Ora live from the Recording Academy.  The year 2013-2014 marks Chaka’s 40th anniversary in music and entertainment.The year-long celebration will conclude with the release of her first songbook for piano, vocal and guitar, The Chaka Khan Songbook.

Chaka Khan is a true Renaissance Woman. A singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother. Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so. From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence set her apart from any other singer, and during her 40-year career, she has developed a vast international fan base and performed on six continents.

Chaka is a ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner (with 22 GRAMMY® nominations) who has the rare ability to sing in eight genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, classical and dance music. She has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, eight RIAA certified gold singles and eleven RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka’s recorded music has produced over 2,000 catalogue song placements.

This exclusive live G+ Hangout On Air will give GRAMMY U members the chance to hear about Chaka’s beginnings in Chicago through numerous awards for her extraordinary achievement in music and entertainment. We welcome you to join the conversation about her new Songbook and hear the method behind Chaka’s undeniable legendary acclaim.