Former Record Shack Returns to Harlem as The Harlem Music Shack

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[Business Announcement]

After being shut down for
a four year hiatus, the former Harlem Record Shack, now known as the Harlem
Music Shack will be having its grand re-opening on Saturday, March 24th
with a spiritual ceremony to evoke the African ancestors to bestow blessings
and good fortune on the new business from noon to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 25
will feature a traditional African drumming event from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Owned by Sikhulu Shange, a
native of South Africa, who came to America in 1964 and participated in the New
York World’s Fair as a Zulu Dancer, Shange is proud to return his store to its
new home located at 2361 Frederick Douglas Blvd.   The record store, formerly located at 274
West 125th Street, across the street from the Apollo Theatre, was
forced to close its doors due to high rent after doing business in the Harlem
community close to 40 years.  Mr. Shange is delighted to launch the
"RE-GRAND OPENING" of his music store, under its new name,
"HARLEM MUSIC SHACK" where the store will sell CD'S
and  DVD'S, as well as cell phones and men and women’s perfumes and

 Over the years, the
Record Shack drew loyal customers within the Harlem community.  Customers
were comprised of elected officials such as Assemblyman Keith Wright, NYC
Councilman Charles Byron, and Leslie Wyche.  Jazz icon Gloria Lynne will phone in her
'Best Wishes" with a few notes of her million selling song, "I Wish
You Love."  Also making a presence to support the Harlem Music
Shack will be 'famed' long-time friend of The Record Shack, pianist/composer Onaje
Allen Gumbs. Also attending will be Baba Don Eaton, drummer for the legendary
group, The Last Poets (Godfathers of Rap and Hip Hop).  The group will honor the occasion with a
percussion performance.  They will be
joined by drummers M.Ndigo Washington, Gary Fritz, and Nana Kimati Dinzulu. 
Spoken word enthusiasts will be delighted to find Abiodun, a founding member of
'The Last Poets' reciting a special spoken word piece to grace the Harlem
Music Shack event.  Joining him will
be eight year old, 'Lil Man', the youngest NYC Hip Hop/Rap Artist, performing
two original songs.  Don’t miss this historic event with the "The
Most Elder Poet and The Most Jr. Poet!"

 So, come out one and
all!!!  Welcome the new ‘Harlem Record/Music Shack’ back to Harlem where
it belongs.  For additional info on the travesty of the original
closing of the store see The New York Times article by Timothy Williams,

For additional information call Dell Long at 212-662-0414
or contact her via her email

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