Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Milestone Event Welcomes an Originator of Hip Hop
Hartford, Conn. – The 10th annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival returns this spring from April 9 to April 12, 2015, and will be headlined by DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell), a Jamaican-born American DJ who is credited as one of the originators of hip hop music in the early 1970s. This year’s event will again feature two nights of concerts, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films as part of the weekend-long academic study of the music and subculture of the hip hop genre. The event, free and open to the public, culminates with performances from several international hip-hop artists. 

DJ Kool Herc, inspired by James Brown, developed his upbeat art as an alternative to gang violence that began to sprout in his hometown of the Bronx, New York. He is also influential in the introduction of b-boy and b-girl dancing to hip-hop culture. In the early 1980s, the media began to call this style “breakdance,” which in 1991 the New York Times called “an art as demanding and inventive as mainstream dance forms like ballet and jazz.” In 2006, the Smithsonian Institute included memorabilia from DJ Kool Herc in its exhibition commemorating hip-hop, as one of the originators of the genre.

This year’s 10th anniversary festival features performances by artists representing over a dozen different countries. The final show concludes with a special DJ set by DJ Kool Herc.  Other highlights of this year’s festival include classes and panels, film screenings, a b-boy/b-girl battle and exhibition; an urban art exhibition, and spoken word performances. For a detailed schedule, visit:  For the Facebook event page, click here.  For the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival on Twitter, follow @HipHopBantam. 

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About the Festival
The Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, founded by Trinity students in 2006, is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.  The festival continues to be organized by students in association with Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market, Temple of Hip Hop, Underground Coalition/Zulu Nation 860, and Notable Productions.  Past performers include Talib Kweli (United States); K’Naan (Somalia); Jean Grae (U.S./South Africa), Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana); Brother Ali (United States); Comrade Fatso (Zimbabwe); Les Nubians (France/Cameroon); Sam the Kid (Portugal), dead prez (United States); KRS-One and Grandmaster Caz (United States); among many other national and international hip hop artists and academics.   

About Trinity College
Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College ( is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with over 2,200 students from 44 states and 62 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. The faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers and other national academic awards. Trinity students integrate meaningful academic and leadership experience at all levels on the College’s celebrated campus, in the Capital City of Hartford, and in communities all over the world.