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  • Writer's pictureGai Spann

Atlanta Music Pioneers Ryan Cameron and Big Oomp Honored by the National Black Arts Festival

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) honored 2x Emmy-Award Winning Radio Personality, Ryan Cameron and founders of Big Oomp Records, the first independent record label in Atlanta, Big Oomp, DJ Jelly, MC Assault and DJ Montay at the Westside Paper Event Space during their 50 years of Hip Hop Celebration.

This year's NBAF Black Music Month Program, "Rapper’s Delight," celebrated the world's most influential Black cultural movements on the 50th anniversary of its inception: Hip Hop! The event had silent disco technology and curated DJ mixes back to back from DJ Scratch, DJ Jelly, DJ Princess Cut, DJ LV, DJ Jeremy Avalon, DJ Empress Rah, and DJ Rasyrious.

Popular radio personality Ryan Cameron, from Majic 107.5 in Atlanta and the recent recipient of his own nationally syndicated show, was "immensely humbled and filled with gratitude" to be the recipient of the esteemed NBAF award. He reminded the audience about how hard it was to get Hip Hop played on the air during the early 90's and how much Atlanta influences music today.

Korey Roberson established Big Oomp Records in 1996 and it became the first independent record label in Atlanta along with partners DJ Jelly and MC Assault. They was able to break in new artists through their many record stores located throughout the Atlanta area. To commemorate his many achievements, Big Oomp also received a Proclamation from Fulton County and was able to enjoy this moment with his family members.

Rounding out the evening, attendees were treated with silent music headphones with up to five channels of music, a Bodega Black business vendor market, interactive exhibitions on hip hop history, art and culture, and an open bar sponsored by Remy Martin and Hypnotiq.

Checkout the Photos of the event courtesy of Carl Agard

Checkout the Photos of the Vendors and the Curated Exhibits Courtesy of Gia Spann

About NBAF

NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) is a nonprofit organization with a legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater, and the literary arts. Celebrated within and outside of Atlanta, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent. Through its annual public programs, world-class performances, commissioned works, visual arts, and youth arts education programs, NBAF offers local, national, and international audiences experiences that are extraordinary and enriching.


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