Proud Nuwaubian Fez

Description (Brief)
This red fabric fez was made by Hilmart in Morocco. It has a black tassel and printed graphic on the front with the texts “Proud Nuwaubian” and “United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.” Nuwaubian teachings have inspired and influenced hip hop artists including Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, Erykah Badu, and Outkast. Bambaataa donated this fez to the Smithsonian in 2006.
Afrika Bambaata (born Kevin Donovan), an American DJ from the Bronx, was influential in the early development of hip hop and is regarded as the “Godfather” of hip hop culture. He has been instrumental in spreading hip hop music and culture around the world, as well as creating opportunities and helping to improve the lives of others in the hip hop community through his organization "Universal Zulu Nation." In 1990, Bambaataa made Life magazine's "Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" issue.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hat
maker
Hilmart
Physical Description
felt (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 3/4 in x 8 in; 12.065 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 4 5/8 in x 8 in; 11.7475 cm x 20.32 cm
place made
Morocco
ID Number
2006.0067.04
accession number
2006.0067
catalog number
2006.0067.04
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Hip-Hop
Music & Musical Instruments
Clothing & Accessories
Cultures & Communities
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.