As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take some time to reflect on our favorite moments of the past year. Though of course we are very proud of the larger-scale initiatives we have developed and the partnerships and collaborations we have been privileged to take part in, sometimes it’s the small spontaneous activities that can really put things in perspective.
We closed out 2016 with a residency in Bandung, Indonesia with MC George ‘G’ Yamazawa, DJ Erica “DJ Amerriica” Parpan, Beatmaker Vincent “Gyrefunk” Czekus, and Dancer Haleem “Stringz” Rasul. We had the additional advantage of having a site manager (Junious Brickhouse) and videographer (Frankie Perez) who were themselves both hip-hop dancers and Next Level alumni.
We all know that one of hip-hop’s most profound and powerful qualities is its ability to mold itself to a wide range of circumstances in a wide range of times and places while still maintaining its fundamental identity as an art form. That’s a big part of the reason that hip-hop brings people together: A hip-hop deejay from one part of the world can interact with a deejay from another part of the word, and they can each express their own individual point of view while simultaneously sharing a common hip-hop outlook. It’s both/and not either/or.
Or, to put it another way, this video of DJ Amerriica deejaying in the mountains above Bandung, Indonesia makes perfect sense: