Domeshots & Fat Laces vol 4:Fabel

Originally posted on January 5,2006

This week we have a old school bboy the man known as the Popmaster...


Honey Rockwell & Fabel

was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, NYC where, at an
early age, he developed his dance and choreography career at Hip Hop jams and
clubs throughout the city. His pioneering individuality has been showcased
internationally since 1982. President of the Hierophysics crew, Senior Vice
President of the Rock Steady Crew, member of Magnificent Force, and an
honorary member of the Electric Boogaloos, Fabel is also co-founder of
GhettOriginal Productions, Inc. With GhettOriginal, Fabel co-authored,
co-directed, and co-choreographed the first two Hip Hop musicals ever, "So!
What Happens Now?" and "Jam on the Groove" (first official Off-Broadway Hip
Hop musical). He has also toured internationally as a featured performer
with "Jam on the Groove," which was nominated for best choreography at the
Drama Desk Awards in 1996. Fabel was also featured in the cult classic Hip
Hop movie "Beat Street." Along with fellow members of the Rhythm Technicians
and Rock Steady Crew, he won the 1991 Bessie Award for choreography.
Highlights of his career include performing in Lincoln Center's "Serious
Fun!"; P.B.S.'s "Great Performances 20th Anniversary Special"; the Boston
Ballet; the 1994 American-Japan Festival (sponsored by the Smithsonian
Institution); both the 1983 and 1991 Kennedy Center Honors Gala events, and a
Hip Hop version of Kurt Weill's "September Songs" for P.B.S. Fabel was the
first American Hip Hop dancer to perform in Cuba, in 1986 & 1988, with the
dance company, Ballet D'Angelo.
In 1999, Fabel served as a consultant, moderator, panelist, and writer for
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibit and conference: "The Hip
Hop Nation: Roots, Rhyme and Rage."
When this exhibit traveled to the
Brooklyn Museum of Art in September, 2000, Fabel was invited to lecture and
serve on the exhibit's Honorary Committee. A vintage Hip Hop outfit, owned
by Fabel is presently on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle,
WA. Visitors to EMP are guided through the Hip Hop clothing exhibit with
Fabel's voice detailing every aspect of the outfits displayed.

He is the first Hip Hop dance instructor to be employed at N.Y.U.'s
Experimental Dance Theater Wing. Fabel gives lectures, demonstrations, master
classes, and participates in outreach programs and conferences
internationally. In 2001, he addressed delegates at the United Nation's "Hip
Hop Conference for Peace." Fabel regularly teaches dance in various schools
for the Sports and Arts in School's Foundation. Fabel has also been
commissioned to teach dance workshops at such institutions as The Dalton
School and Central Park East One, among the many.

He is currently working on three documentaries: "Apache Line", "Fabel's
History of Hip Hop Fashion Vol. 1"
and "Puerto Ricans in Hip Hop." Fabel is a
historian of and activist within Hip Hop culture. His other forms of
expression include "graffiti" art, DJ'ing and rhyming. Fabel is a co-founder
of Tools Of War, a grass roots Hip Hop company covering publicity, events
coordination and promotions, activism, bookings, and consultation.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum commissioned him to write an essay
on the dance forms associated with Hip Hop. Feel free to read his Physical
Graffiti essay . He
was invited to include an excerpt from this essay in a classroom textbook
focusing on dance, geared toward 8th grade students. He also teaches popping and locking each Monday, in NYC.

Greg Needlz of Shure, Christie Z-Pabon, and DJ Steven
Christie Z Pabon

A little known fact is that Fabel is one of the few but growing Puerto Rican Muslims. He and along with his wife Christie Z. Pabon, a Muslim as well, have been a part of many Muslim hip hop events through out the US.

"I also try to introduce hip hop to my mosque, the allianza islamica, the pure form of hip hop, because as you know that muslims are very strict in what they let their children and families be exposed to. I feel that hip hop can be used to communicate to the youth of today."

The Dynamic Hamza 21®

Hip Hop since 1982.

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