Renowned producer, lyricist, director, and Abbott of the Wu-Tang Clan RZA has contributed significantly rare memorabilia to the upcoming interactive music exhibit ISLAND SOUNDS: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up. The exhibit, which will take place at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in RZA’s native Staten Island, is set to feature never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from one of RZA’s extraordinary pilgrimages to the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China. Additionally RZA has donated a true piece of music history by allowing Snug Harbor to exhibit the keyboard used by the super-producer himself on Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal album Enter The Wu (36 Chambers). True hip-hop heads will not want to pass up this opportunity to see genuine artifacts from the Wu-Tang general.

In addition to RZA’s involvement in the exhibit, 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.

ISLAND SOUNDS: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up will begin it’s 18-month long exhibition on May 11, 2012 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. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information about ISLAND SOUNDS: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up, please contact Lynn Kelly at (718) 425-3501. For more information about Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and a detailed schedule of events, please visit www.snug-harbor.org.

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