Levantine Public Diplomacy had an amazing time in Dakar, running the Next Level Senegal program!
LPD partners with the University of North Carolina’s Department of Music to implement the U.S. Department of State’s new hip hop diplomacy program Next Level.
The Next Level Senegal program brought together a veteran team of hip hop artist-educators, including Toni Blackman, DJ Chela, Junious Brickhouse and Dr. Eliott Gann. The NL Senegal program ran a hip hop academy that brought together the whole Dakar hip hop scene, including participants from Medina, Guediwaye, Pikine, and Rufisque.
The NL Senegal team enjoyed wonderful collaboration jam sessions under the baobab tree with cora, djembe and bellafon players from the National Symphony.
The NL Senegal program ended with a final performance in Dakar at the Sorano National Theater.
As Next Level Site Manager, LPD’s Quixote-in-Chief works with the NL artist-educators, and serves as a liaison to the U.S. Embassy and local partners, to run the NL program in-country.