RZA

RZAWu-Tang Clan founder, RZA, has recently contributed significantly rare memorabilia to the upcoming interactive music exhibit in Staten Island, New York, called Island Sounds: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up.

The exhibit, which will take place at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden next Friday (May 11), will feature never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from one of RZA’s extraordinary pilgrimages to the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China.

Additionally, the legendary producer/rapper has donated a keyboard used for Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal album, Enter The Wu (36 Chambers).

Aside from RZA’s contributions, rare and historic items from several Staten Island artists will be on display for Island Sounds, including Force MDs’ trademark apparel, personal photos and awards, and an autographed LP of Born This Way by Lady Gaga.

Snug Harbor will also showcase Gaga’s biopic, “Mary The Night,” and will hold displays on Eamon, Omin Child and Christina Aguilera, in addition to numerous displays of rare photos and gold/platinum albums from Staten Island musicians.

“We are excited and pleased to present this unique exhibit as a tribute to the countless artists who have played a role in Staten Island’s rich and varied musical history,” said Snug Harbor President and CEO, Lynn Kelly. “The exhibit memorializes the contributions of these artists and defines the part they played and continue to play in our diversified culture. I urge everyone with an interest in music, pop culture and the history of Staten Island to come and enjoy the hundreds of unique pieces of memorabilia that make up the ISLAND SOUNDS exhibition.”

Island Sounds: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up will begin it’s 18-month long exhibition on May 11th in the Main Hall of the Snug Harbor campus, located at 1000 Richmond Terrace.

Beginning May 12, the exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors, while children under 12 are admitted free.

For more info, visit Snug-Harbor.org.