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Posted: March 30, 2001

Going global

This weekend is one to make Philly hip-hop fans proud. Kicking off a weekend full of events will be today's humongous "Globalization of Hip-Hop" symposium. The festivities jump off at 10:30 a.m. at the Irvine Auditorium, 34th and Spruce streets, with the panel discussion, "Islam in the Mix," which features the urban culture knowledge of William E. Perkins, senior research scholar at Penn, and Ewuare Osayande, chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Radical Congress.

Thirsting for more? The event steps it up a few notches after lunch, with the 1 p.m. "Globalization of Hip-Hop" discussion, led by James B. Peterson, doctoral candidate, whose dissertation focuses on the "underground" element in hip-hop culture. And topping off the conference will be tonight's concert, featuring the mike skills of Jersey's Poor Righteous Teachers and Philly's own Grand Agent, along with the wicked wordplay of the Prophets of the Ghetto. The concert starts at 8 at the Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St. Both the symposium and concert are free, and for more info on either of these bangin' events, hit up Kwasi Asare at 215-485-7473.

Word up

Area heads can check out new talent emerging on the landscape at tomorrow's "Say Word Hip-Hop Showcase." This event is brought to you by the Whole Unit fam, and a number of local acts will be doing their thing. The showcase rolls from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at New City Tavern, 10 S. 20th St. Admission is $7 at the door. For the low-down or to get on stage, call 215-991-6190.

Isle be there

The crew over at Jamaican Dave Concerts is hitting the area with a trifecta of reggae and Caribbean vibes throughout the weekend and beyond.

First, you can cool out to island vibes at tonight's "Melting Pot Fridays," where DJ Terry Love spins reggae, soca and Latin tunes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. If that doesn't scratch your itch, there's tomorrow's "Caribbean Dance Party." JDC's own DJ Jamaican Dave and Toney Tone will spin the hardest reggae and soca anthems. Finally, you can cure your midweek ailments by checking out the debut of "Roots Wednesdays." Gather with friends and cool out to righteous tunes spun by DJ Rasta Chris and the Ihi Yahn Ihi Arkestra.

All events are held at Above The Nile, 120 Chestnut St. Tickets for tonight and tomorrow's shows are $10, and Wednesday's show is $3. For more info, call 215-925-9750, or hit up JDC at www.JDC4Me.com. *

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