NEW YORK (June 22) — The Hip-Hop Association and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs of the New York University will pay tribute to Kuttin Kandi, world Hip-Hop dj champion and incoming chair of Gabnet of the Mariposa Alliance. In a reception called Womanhood Passage Reception, on June 25, 2009, at the NYU Kimmel Center, Chair-elect Kuttin Kandi will be honored for her pioneering work as a woman in the Hip-Hop music revolution.
One of only a handful of female dj’s who “battle” – i.e., compete in dj tournaments – Kuttin Kandi has a huge following among Hip-Hop enthusiasts, her name recognition extending well beyond the Filipino-American community. Kandi co-founded R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop; she is a member of the champion dj/turntablist crew 5th Platoon. She also helped bring together Anomolies, one of Hip-Hop’s all female Hip-Hop group, and recently started her own band “Kuttin Kandi & The Heart.” She has used Hip-Hop to teach young women and men to empower themselves through expression and creativity. She has also launched campaigns to divest Hip-Hop of anti-woman lyrics and antics.
Kandi has been a member of Gabnet of the Mariposa Alliance since 2000. Despite her celebrity status, Kandi has not been reticent about engaging in Gabnet-led mass actions, marching with the members of the New York/New Jersey chapter. She has also lent her musical and poetic talents to many GabNet events. She is now based in San Diego, California.
GabNet members are thrilled by the new award and tribute to Kandi. The Gabnet NY chapter eagerly awaits Kandi’s presence in the Big Apple. —