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Columbia Community Comes Together Through Hip-Hop

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Courtney C. Washington

Courtney C. Washington

Courtney C. Washington

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Columbia’s first Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Family Day festival brought a fun, educational and loving environment to Downtown Columbia’s Main St. on April 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event was hosted by Sherard Duval, TV and film producer, and DJ Kingpin Vov, DJ and music producer in Columbia.

Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Family Day festival was created to bring together live performers, DJs, dance crews, visual artists and craft vendors to present a positive and entertaining environment for Columbia, S.C.

As Duval and DJ Kingpin Vov gave background history of Hip-Hop to the crowd, the event shows that Hip-Hop, even in different generations, is a way to bring individuals together through this urban subculture of rap music, graffiti art and dancing.

Starting with old school Hip-Hop music, DJ Prince Ice kept the crowd moving as individuals began to break dance and recite Hip-Hop lyrics.

Hip-Hop music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the 2000’s brought excitement to the Hip-Hop lovers in the crowd.

Love, Peace & Hip-Hop focused on building and supporting our community; part of the festival included performance from young individuals trying to make a way in the music world.

Kelvar, a 14 year-old Columbia rap artist, performed his mix-tape to a supportive and impressed audience. RanBruce, who is also a rap artist in Columbia, performed as well and gave a positive and clean freestyle to keep the crowd moving.

Following the two live performers, a B-boy dance crew took stage performing break dancing moves. The crew included boys from the ages of 9-18.

Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, joined the festival and gave a few words explaining how powerful it was to have a Hip-Hop Family Day festival in our community.

Vonyetta, radio personal of Hot 103.9, hit the stage rapping Hip-Hop lyrics of female MCs, such as MC Lyte, and was joined by children dancing and having fun.

Later during the festival, Kool Moe Dee, a legendary Hip-Hop MC prominent in the 70’s and 80’s, performed his hit singles and blew everyone away with his outstanding performance.

The event also featured food vendors of Jamaican cuisine to Louisiana Gumbo, barbers cutting old school hairstyles, such as hi-top fades, and a live graffiti wall for individuals to learn graffiti art techniques from Izms of Art.

The Hip-Hop Family Day festival gave an awesome show to the Columbia community as WLTX News 19 and ABC Columbia joined and covered the eventful festival.

Love, Peace, & Hip-Hop Family Day festival did a swell job of bringing the community together through the works of Hip-Hop culture.

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