Since 1973 – the moment of rising of the Universal Zulu Nation, its image has significantly changed. Let’s see how it looked like.
In 1982 the artists who came from the Universal Zulu Nation at that time made the first tourney to Europe under the name of “New York City Rap Tour”. They represented and popularized then the image of hip hop culture as well as the initial stream of the UZN (the Universal Zulu Nation) – message of peace, respect and unity. Very quickly Hip Hop became global, and the Universal Zulu Nation was the biggest hip hop oriented teenage community in New York. In France, England, Japan and Australia first branches of the Universal Zulu Nation were formed. The 80’s were “the strongest” period of the Universal Zulu Nation. After that time a group of legendary artists remained. Now they are recognized as pioneers of the hip hop culture.
At the beginning of the 90’s the Universal Zulu Nation started to promote Afrocentralism – a knowledge based on the believe, that the world’s culture has its roots in Africa. Its followers claimed that the first developed culture in the history of civilization was formed by black people.
In 2000 the Universal Zulu Nation informed on its internet web site, that with the New Century it leaves a stereotypical “system” based only on the beliefs following the facts – Factology vs. Beliefs, and as an International Hip Hop Awareness Movement it would teach “the truth” among other things on history and religions of the world, what it tries to do till the present days promoting the motto: “Truth is Truth, Facts are Facts”.
To educate, develop and improve the present state of mind of adults and youth around the world.
To spread our message of love, peace and unity amongst all races through our ways and actions.
To preserve the culture of Hip-Hop and all art forms created from it and to use music as a medium for cultural exchange and understanding.
To provide a safe haven to nurture the inherent genius of adults and youth around the world.
To assist others in developing careers and opportunities as they express their God-given potential and talents.
The Universal Zulu Nation informs, that everybody who supports the goals of The Universal Zulu Nation and is able to act as an individual as well as in a group should consider the possibility of being a member of the Universal Zulu Nation. However the membership should be deliberate and thought through sensibly, because the Universal Zulu Nation convinces that it is open for everybody, but not everybody is meant for Zulu. The Universal Zulu Nation does not look for sympathizers or followers but for people with determination, active people who can be orderly and reliable to form the world of Zulu Nation correctly. In the membership questionnaire which contains 30 detailed questions, the UZN literally warns that everybody who answers the membership questionnaire does this on one’s own risk.
(Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding)
The Universal Zulu Nation declares and is aware of the fact, that we all live in the real world full of various problems, ideas, beliefs and unexplained tasks, what is obvious without the above declaration. Thus the philosophy of the UZN is willingness to act as an international teacher, who as the UZN declares, will raise the value of Zulu’s community first in mental, physical, moral, social, economic and spiritual way by rap music, and then by its Zulu learners in many countries will hand down the Zulu knowledge to other people according to the UZN rule: Each One Teach One.
The Universal Zulu Nation aims at its own east culture style of life and the way of thinking. It is described in so called Zulu Books (Black Book and Green Book). These names are intentional and they have their origins. The Zulu Books are the philosophy of the UZN, which contains laws and rules of the UZN, “Zulu Infinity Lessons”, the UZN views, the UZN prayer and quotations among other things from the Bible and Koran. The content of the Zulu Books is described in so called “Zulu Knowledge”, which in turn is the key tool to improve mind, in order to become “Zulu Master”. For some it will be a priority, while for others the waste of time.
(Change of Negativity into Positivity)
The Universal Zulu Nation has 46-point, what interesting – scientific regulations. Some of the rules are contradict to the others. That is why points such as: 7, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 39, 40, 45, 46 should be analyzed individually. Respecting the UZN regulations may appear to some people a guide in their everyday life, while for others the rules may sound like “Zulu Nation Monastery” and may have nothing in common with “ Universalism” of Zulu Nation, and may be associated with manipulation and limitation of personal liberties.
(Oneness of God)
We believe in the one God, who is called by many names- Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, Eloahim, Jah, God, The Most High, The Creator, The Supreme One. We believe, as Amazulu, we will not fight or kill other human beings over which proper name to call God. We will recognize them all to be the same one God. We believe God will come to be seen by the human eye and will straighten out the problems that human beings brought upon this planet so-called Earth...
The Universal Zulu Nation thinks that it teaches existence and mutual respect to religions of all nations, convincing that all the religions are a part of Zulu Nation. Multicultural and multi religious (as the members come from many various religions) society of UZN believes in one God, who is described with many names and recognizes him as the only one and the same. It is said in 15-point beliefs of the Universal Zulu Nation, and then more precise so called understanding – explanation of particular 15-point beliefs of UZN. In Islam, in order to be the believer of this religion, you only have to believe and accept the fact that Allah is only one. In Islam, Allah, the Creator has many names, 99 to be precise, which are used by people to describe him. According to the philosophy of Zulu Nation, no matter what name people call their God, for UZN it is still the same God – the only one and indivisible Allah, according to the UZN Views described by many names, which for Zulu Nation are not as important as describing one Creator – Allah, what for UZN means Oneness of God. It may look like a text manipulation, which influences the people’s sub consciousness. UZN should know, that apart from the Creator’s various names, given by people all over the world there are also natural differences between the religious views of all the nations and cultures.
(Justice, Equality, Freedom)
The Beliefs of Universal Zulu Nation contain the knowledge taken from such doctrines as:
Nation of Islam – a syncretism religious movement. Some critics describe the Nation of Islam as a Ku Klux Klan, a reflection of The White Nazis. Many hip hop representatives are members of Nation of Islam.
Nuwaubian Nation of Moors - an organization stated as Hate Groups. Nuwaubian combines many issues like: New Age, cosmology, ezoterism, occultism. Afrika Bambaataa, one of the Nuwaubian leaders is the founder of the Universal Zulu Nation.
There are many groups describing themselves as “an Organization” or “a Movement” etc., that “recruit” new members, introducing them step by step in their “ranks”, using such values as peace, unity, equality, love, respect, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, justice, truth. At the beginning it seems to be positive and without fault. Trying to understand the above issue some people may recognize it as “brain wash”, while others may call it “a higher philosophy” or “ a universal way of thinking”.
“Zulu Knowledge” included in “Infinity Lessons”, Zulu rules, Zulu views, Zulu prayer is not a collection of “loose” information but a foundation of the UZN philosophy with its aim and the meaning as a whole. Many people associate the UZN only with hip hop culture and as a result they unconsciously join the UZN people and they state “I’m in a hip hop organization”. That in turn presents the UZN only as “hip hop fun club”, that is not true. If you want to be a Zulu – respect the UZN Rules, back up the UZN views, expand Zulu’s knowledge, improve wisdom in order to achieve the ability of understanding this knowledge, adhere to Zulu faith, say Zulu prayers – Stay Real, Be A Zulu. If you want to be hip hop – be independent – Keep Roots Alive, Be A Hip Hop.
The fact is indisputable and unquestioned respect for the first generation of the Universal Zulu Nation for its known contribution to initial hip hop culture development in the USA in the end of the 70’s, the beginning of the 80’s when hip hop had a completely different meaning than currently, and for all those followers, who popularized the initial UZN idea later, and for the present UZN involvement in various activities such as: teaching programs, private lessons, seminars, conferences, magazines, concerts, musical events etc.
One may ask following questions connected with such subheadings as:
Membership – If the Universal Zulu Nation is so “Universal”, and everything it does has only good intentions, why people answering the membership questionnaire are warned to do this at their own risk?
Laws and Management – Why the UZN does not modernize the UZN Rules? Initially the UZN rules were directed towards street gang societies in the 70’s? Since the 70’s many years have passed, and some of the present UZN members in many countries as well as people interested in a potential UZN membership do not come from street gang societies. According to the UZN Law and Management this is “loose information”. If it is so, why there are 46 of them and they are called “laws and management”?
Faith, Truth, Facts – Why is religion mixed up in hip hop? What does religion have in common with Graffiti Art creation, dancing, music creation, spoken poetry(Rap) and a good fun? Music itself bounds people, while faith or religion should be one’s own business?
Zulu Infinity Lesson – Does the UZN by instilling “the Zulu knowledge” from “Zulu Infinity Lessons” aspires to gradual directing its members’ way of thinking and changing their culture or their own religious beliefs to “Zulu faith”?
Jesus Christ and the UZN – Does the Universal Zulu Nation, under the aegis of values that it identifies with itself, aspires to invalidate basis of the Christian religion?
Strength in Numbers – Does the UZN use hip hop culture to recruit new members in various countries, in order to popularize the UZN philosophy in a society, and then create more and more chapters similar to a structure of a group in groups, introducing “zulu faith” inside a given country? If it is true one should think what is the aim of the above.
The Universal Zulu Nation seems to be a disputable issue, as it has its followers, opponents and those for whom the UZN existence is unimportant. As many people, as many opinions. Is the UZN only a hip hop, peace, unity, respect and a good fun, or a conscious responsibility of “Zulu Way Of Life” realization, that may turn out to be a tool to establish world’s Universal Zulu Nation New World Power? “People of Heaven” (Amazulu) strongly believe in this. The answer to this and other questions is left to you – Dear Readers.