To close out the year, six artist/educators from around the world were invited to the United States to participate in a wide range of workshops, panel discussions, jam sessions, and public performances. Each individual brings a distinctive combination of artistic expertise, educational experience and commitment to social activism.


andjelko-pavlovic-bio-picRepresenting Serbia, Andjelko Angelo Pavlovic is one of the pioneers of the Belgrade b-boy scene, a committed educator, and the organizer of the annual “Balkan Fury” breaking competition for dancers across the former Yugoslavia. Bringing a unique combination of b-boy intensity and administrative acumen, Andjelko was one of the main local partners to help organize the NL Serbia program.

 

black-zang-bio-picMC Black Zang is a leader in the burgeoning Dhaka hip-hop scene, and one of the most prominent hip-hop artists in Bangladesh. He has expressed his love for hip-hop culture through many outlets, including recordings and performances as a solo artist and with his group Uptown Locals; as the host of Dhaka’s only hip hop radio show on Planet 101.6; and of course through his work with Next Level, both in Bangladesh and in the U.S.

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nyari-mazango-bio-picRepresenting Zimbabwe, Nyari ‘FTR’ Mazango is a leading record producer and beatmaker in the Zim Hip-Hop scene.  He has worked in and managed recording studios in Harare for many years, and has used this experience to help lead the beatmaking class during the NL Zimbabwe program.

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malabika-brahma-bio-pic-cropRepresenting India, Malabika Brahma is an innovative singer and percussionist who melds folk music from the Baul tradition with blues, Indian classical music, rock and hip-hop. She is also the co-founder of the Jungle Music School, which uses music to educate marginalized and disadvantaged children in rural West Bengal.

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toussa-senerap-bio-picToussa Senerap is one of the most prominent hip-hop artists in Senegal, where she also runs a music studio, RockTeamMusik. Not only does her studio allow women to record for free, it also provides educational workshops for young artists on a variety of subjects. Her work to empower female MCs at the NL Dakar Academy as well as through the OneBeat cultural exchange program made her a perfect choice for Global NL.

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zlijay-bio-picZlijay is a Sarajevo, Bosnia-based DJ, producer and radio host.  In addition to being a sought after club DJ, Zlijay has also been a long-time host at Sarajevo’s Radio 202, where he hosts the “Garage Radio Show.” He is also a contributor on the internet station Watch More TV Radio.

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