Next Level, the United States Department of State’s dance and music exchange programme that uses hip hop to teach leadership, foster careers in the arts, and empower youth to develop community-based solutions, has arrived in Ghana.
The Next Level team will spend two weeks in the country, focused on engaging youth in the north of the country and mentoring young artists in Accra.
This was contained in a statement issued by the United States Embassy in Accra on Monday.
The statement quoted Laneice Brooker, Cultural Affairs Officer as saying “Ghana’s young people are its greatest resource. Giving young people in Ghana new ways to address community problems while fostering new career paths can help strengthen communities and offer new opportunities.”
It said “Working with the West Africa Center for Counter-Extremism and Accra’s National Theatre, four American artist-educators will conduct workshops, lecture demonstrations, and masterclasses, as well as live performances in Tamale (May 23-28) and Accra (May 30-June 3). Young artistes in each city have been selected to participate in this unique opportunity for professional development, cultural exchange, and career mentoring.”
It said, “The programmes will culminate in live performances in Tamale at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium on Saturday, May 28 at 1600 hours and in Accra at the National Theatre on Friday, June 03 at 1900 hours.”
It said “The Next Level team is led by Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow. Big Piph is the lead coordinator of both the F.A.M. Project, which empowers future youth leaders to lead now, and Global Kids-Arkansas, which sends high-performing high school students from underserved communities abroad to do social service projects. He attended Stanford University and performs regularly with his seven-piece band, Tomorrow Maybe.”
“Next Level is an opportunity for United States artists to share our passion and our experience with young people in Ghana. We are excited about the cultural exchange over the next two weeks. We plan to learn as much as we share,” said Big Piph on his arrival in Accra.