An upcoming exhibit at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center will showcase Staten Island’s musical history, including the keyboard RZA used while producing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).The name of the exhibit is “Island Sounds: A 500 Year Music Mashup” and, as may have inferred from its title, the expansive showcase will feature more than just Wu-Tang.

For those who are interested, here’s a more detailed description via DNA Info:

“A lot of people don’t know about how many musicians came from here, perform here, and still live here today,” said Lynn Kelly, Snug Harbor’s president and CEO. “If you grew up here you might know. Now I want the world to know these are things we should be celebrating.”

The exhibit will start in next week and run for 18 months. It will have a timeline of the forgotten borough’s musical history, beginning in the pre-1500s, with songs from the Lunaape Indians, to the present.

Artists in the exhibit include Vernon Reid, guitarist of metal band Living Color; David Johansen, lead singer of the New York Dolls and of Buster Poindexter fame (who sung that “feeling hot, hot, hot,” song played at weddings); the RZA from Wu-Tang Clan; 19th century harpist Maud Morgan; vaudeville performer Laura Burt and Vito Picone, from the doo-wop group The Elegants, among others.

Sounds pretty interesting but where’s all the ODB memorabilia.

via DNA Info

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