Yazid (Benumerata) “Benu Da Soothsayah” Muhammad (Beatboxer) has been a hip hop performance artist for over 35 years. He is a hip hop lyricist, writer, poet, beatboxer, actor, and teacher. He has been instructing kids in various educational programs since 1994, with a heavy focus on creating vocal beats, writing (scripts, lyrics, poetry) and theatrical presentations. In 2011, his hip hop group, Legacy, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at The Lincoln Center to go abroad on a North African cultural exchange program called the Rhythm Road tour, where they instructed kids in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Israel, Egypt, and South Sudan. Benu Da Soothsayah is currently working with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s artist residency program, as well as constructing two one-man shows.
Chris “Trife” Williams (DJ) is a New York City-based DJ, producer and turntablist. He earned national acclaim DJing for the Vans Warped Tour and notable hip hop artist Nelly.
Trife has made guest appearances on BET and Fuse TV. He also produced shows for VHI, Guitar Center, and ITF national DJ competitions.
Ami Nicole “Tsunami” Ferreira (Dancer) is a Bay Area (California) native who has performed and shared her passion through dance, movement, and art for over 30 years. A member of the SoulShifter (MVMNT) artistry collective and Circle of Fire group, Tsunami’s style derives from a fusion of house, hip hop, capoeira, and “b-girling” (breakdancing). As a cultural diplomat and educator, she nurtures and supports the club culture and freestyle dance movement through performing, teaching, judging competitions, mentoring and co-organizing events, such as the R16 USA, All the Way Live and the Bay Area House Dance Festival. She has also traveled to Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and El Salvador to share her passions with underprivileged dance communities and at-risk youth.
Chane “Big Piph” Morrow, aka (MC) is a Stanford-educated MC and community builder from Pine Bluff, AR. He performs regularly with his 7-piece band, Tomorrow Maybe, and has worked with major acts including TI, Big Sean, Snoop, and others.
He is lead coordinator of jUSt and Global Kids-Arkansas, which sends high-performing high-school students from underserved communities abroad to do social service projects.
Big Piph facilitates hip hop workshops, is a noted speaker, and recently released “The Legacy Project,” an interactive app-based album.
Junious “House” Brickhouse (Dancer) is the Next Level Associate Director and an internationally-renowned, award-winning urban dance educator, choreographer, community leader, and cultural preservationist. He will serve as the site manager for Team Burma. House is from Virginia Beach, VA with over 30 years of performance experience on stages from Oakland, California to Helsinki, Finland to Durban, South Africa. As a scholar and practitioner, he uses an experiential approach to teach urban dance at colleges and universities. A citizen folklorist, House also conducts independent research the cultural traditions that have influenced urban dance culture.
Based in Washington, DC, House furthers his global mission through teaching, lecturing, performing, promoting conflict resolution, and producing events for Urban Artistry, Inc.