The RZA has donated a piece of rare Wu Tang memorabilia to the upcoming interactive exhibition on his native Staten Island, New York, called Island Sounds: A 500 Year Music Mash-Up.
Fans will be able to see the collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center next Friday (May 11), featuring never-before-seen photos and momentos from RZA’s extraordinary pilgrimages to the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China.
The Bobby Digital and Gravediggaz mastermind has also contributed a keyboard used for Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal album, Enter The Wu (36 Chambers).
Aside from RZA’s gear, 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.
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.