TEGUCIGALPA – The U.S. Embassy is presenting the hip-hop academy Next Level in Tegucigalpa from January 14-28, 2016 in a program that includes free public performances and workshops for MCs, DJs, B-Boys and Breakdancers, and Beatmakers, with the collaboration of local musics and cyphers.
The free and public performances by Next Level will be held on:
- January 23, 2016: Colonia Kennedy Park from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- January 27, 2016: UNAH Amphitheater from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The members of the Next Level academy are:
Azad “Azad Right” Naficy (MC) is a Venice, California, native of Iranian descent, son of a divorced blind poet, who grew up playing both the piano and violin, and who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Irvine. He produced two album-length mixtapes of original material. He continues to produce music that offers a unique perspective on the culture and presents an opportunity to influence the masses in a positive way. Twitter: @AzadRight Instagram: @AzadRight
Margie “KaoticBlaze” Nuñez (DJ) is a b-girl-turned-DJ from New York City, who made hip-hop history in 2013 by becoming the first female DJ to represent the legendary Rock Steady Crew. Since then she has continued to travel and share her love of music and hip-hop culture with the masses. Twitter: @KaoticBlaze Instagram: @KaoticBlaze
Jeremy “B-Boy Jeremy” Peña (Dancer) began breaking in his hometown of Houston, Texas at the age of fourteen. Under the strict discipline of his teachers and crew, HaviKORO, Jeremy has since grown to make his name known worldwide in raw circles and competitions alike. Jeremy is also the Program Director and one of the lead instructors for Break Free Community Center, a center in Houston that is dedicated to teaching all the elements of hip-hop in a positive and inspiring environment. Twitter: @HKJeremy Instagram: @JeremyHavikoro
Glen “DiViNCi” Valencia (Beat Maker) is a founding member and producer of the Orlando-based hip-hop group, Solillaquists of Sound, who first gained notoriety by performing live music on multiple Akai MPC samplers, blending the concepts of improvisation and production in ways the world had never before seen. Twitter: @Solilla Instagram: @divinci
Next Level is part of the Arts Envoy program from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.