Chicago House Music Oral History Project
 
Interview with Zenzilé 'Zinzi' Powell

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Micah Salkind

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Zinzi Powell grew up on the South Shore and comes from a family of performers and nightlife entrepreneurs. She attended Kenwood during high school which had a big connection to the preppy disco punk/house scene, and listened to BMX and B96 hot mixes, and partied at underground clubs and juice bars like the Music Box before heading to Florida for college. After she returned to Hyde Park as a young adult, Powell became part of the first wave of audiences to join the Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic when it took place behind the Museum of Science and Industry.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Columbia College Chicago

City

Chicago

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Disciplines

African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology

Comments

This interview is part of the Chicago House Music Oral History Project held at Columbia College Chicago and was captured for Do You Remember House? Chicago's Queer of Color Undergrounds authored by Micah Salkind and published in 2019. The work integrates histories of music, production, DJing, dance, fashion, and slang and addresses movements that led to the development of Chicago's house music.

Interview with Zenzilé 'Zinzi' Powell

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