Zulu Nation Middle East

The first organisation to bring knowledge of Hip Hop culture and... its elements to the Middle East region.

Zulu Nation Middle East (UZN ME) is a youth and adult empowerment organisation through music and the arts. We are also dedicated to the preservation and development of Hip Hop culture to provide a platform for DJs, Bboys & Bgirls, Writers (Aerosol artists) and Mcs as well as many other artists and individuals. We regularly organise Hip Hop culture events, seminars, workshops and collaborate with organisations dedicated to youth and adult empowerment as well as working closely with charities and other organisations that have a positive role in the community.

Our achievements:

- First organisation to bring knowledge of Hip Hop culture and its elements to the Middle East region

- Organised the first all elements event in the region, Hip Hop for Haiti, bringing together bboys, djs, aerosol artists, mcs and hip hoppas to raise money to build a hospital after the Haiti earthquake

- Organised first international non-corporate bboy event in the region Mighty 4 Middle East, bringing together major figures from the international bboy community to the Middle East to bring awareness of a growing hip hop culture and provide opportunities for bboys here (sending local bboys to IBE) as well as showing a local audience growth of a positive Hip Hop movement

- Organised first international crew bboy event and first qualifier for the famous international Battle of the Year

Zulu Nation Middle East is part of the Universal Zulu Nation which was established in 1973 by the godfather of hip hop culture Afrika Bambaataa. The Universal Zulu Nation is the largest and oldest Hip Hop culture and youth empowerment organisation worldwide and often referred to as the first family of Hip Hop

All real Bboys, DJs, MCs, Writers and true hip hop headz in the Middle East stand up!!

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

ALTHOUGH WE ARE STRONG BELIEVERS IN THE CULTURE OF HIP HOP, WE AS ZULUS REALIZE THAT THIS IS A REAL WORLD, WITH REAL PROBLEMS AND REAL SOLUTIONS. SO, AS A ZULU FAMILY WE WILL STRIVE TO DO OUR BEST TO UPLIFT OURSELVES FIRST; THEN SHOW OTHERS HOW TO UPLIFT THEMSELVES MENTALLY, SPIRITUALLY, PHYSICALLY, ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

To educate, develop and improve the present state of mind of adults and youth around the world. To spread our message of love, peace and unity amongst all races through our ways and actions. To preserve the culture of Hip-Hop and all art forms created from it and to use music as a medium for cultural exchange and understanding. To provide a safe haven to nurture the inherent genius of adults and youth around the world. To assist others in developing careers and opportunities as they express their God-given potential and talents.

WHO CAN GET INVOLVED WITH THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

Anyone who believes in our goals and can thrive individually and in group settings should consider membership. We will consider working with any organization that believes as we do. This means that we will consider joint projects with organizations that exists to serve our community. We also encourage all women, senior citizens, and children to consider becoming members. The only way we can rise as a people is by forgetting our differences and looking again to our families, friend, and support systems, for solutions to problems (instead of watching for some other person to tell us what to do).

WHERE DID THE NAME 'ZULU NATION' COME FROM?

The Zulu Nation is a great South African tribe that became as empire under the leadership of Shaka Zulu, one of the greatest Zulu Chieftains (Leaders).

WHAT DOES THE WORD 'ZULU' MEAN IN RELATION TO THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

The word means "the Heavens" and "Strength in Numbers".

WHAT DOES THE WORD 'AMAZULU' MEAN TO THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

The word Amazulu means "The People of Heaven".

WHAT IS THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

The Universal Zulu Nation is an organization of men, women, and youth which was founded in the United States by a Nubian (Black) man named Afrika Bambaataa. This organization has hundreds of chapters throughout the world. Its members, who came from many different races, cultures, nationalities, countries and religions believe in freedom, justice, equality, knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Zulu Nation members discourage divisions and want to see peace and unity on the planet Earth with all races. Without these, we all face social, economic, physical and spiritual destruction. This is the Universal Zulu Nation.

WHEN AND WHERE WAS THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION FOUNDED?

The Universal Zulu Nation was founded in 1973 in the Bronx, New York, by a young student named Afrika Bambaataa. It was his idea to use music to spread the message of the Universal Zulu Nation. He knew that music is Universal and crosses all barriers. So with the birth of Hip-Hop, which started in New York City, Afrika Bambaataa, members of the Zulu Nation and many of his groups like; the Soulsonic Force, Shango, Rock Steady Crew, D.S.T., Fab Five Freddy, Phase 2, Dondi, and Futura 2000, started to travel throughout the world to spread Hip-Hop Culture.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION?

As we are dedicated to improving and uplifting ourselves and our communities, all Zulu Nation members should be involved in some activity that is positive and gives back to the community. Hip-Hop music is our vehicle of expression. We can learn to write, produce, market, promote, publish, perform and televise our own music, for our own people. There are too many divisions between males and females. There are too many divisions between young adults and their parents and too many divisions between rich and poor-urban and suburban. Now is the time for us to build together as well as develop individually. All of the ills and problems that plague our community, we are going to address. We already know Hip-Hop and the Zulu Nation are here to stay. Both are over thirty years old and both exist and thrive across the world.