In June 2015, four hip hop artists traveled to Kampala, Uganda for 8 days as part of the Next Level program. DJ Samuel “Rabbi Darkside” Sellers, Beat Maker Maya “Suzi Analogue” Shipman, MC Maddy “MADlines” Clifford, and Dancer Frank “B-boy Frankie” Perez joined together to perform for audiences and collaborate with local artists to promote cross-culture exchange and conflict resolution. The team is part of a larger Next Level cohort of twenty American MC’s, DJ’s, beat makers, and hip hop dancers leading exchange programs across the globe. You can read more about the artists here. See more videos of the team performing here.

Maya “Suzi Analogue” Shipman is an American Soul, Electronic and Experimental music recording artist, songwriter and producer based in New York City & Philadelphia. She is an active member of the Klipmode crew alongside Mndsgn, Devonwho, and Knxwlege, all of whom she collaborates with frequently.

In 2012, Suzi Analogue and Tokimonsta collaborated under the name “Analogue Monsta” to produce an EP entitled Boom that was released by Scion Audio/Visual. In 2013, she launched her own record imprint, Never Normal Records.

She has taught production master courses from Yale University to the Netherlands, and has been featured on BET and MTV, among other venues, speaking about women in the male-dominated music industry.

Frank “B-boy Frankie” Perez is an inimitable soul brought up in what is known to many as the Mecca of hip hop, New York City.

He shines the most when displaying the foundation of what he’s learned as a dancer in combination with the hallmarks of his personality: his individualism and open-mindedness towards what it means to be a human being. Relentless perseverance and hard–earned skills have lead B-boy Frankie to winning many major competitions, as well as judging battles and teaching around the world.

Frankie is presently working on mastering his b-boying while simultaneously preparing for graduate school and cultivating a new found passion for filmmaking and photography. Part of the legacy that he would like to leave behind to others around the world is that it is possible to maintain a world-class skill level and also be a professional.

Samuel “Rabbi Darkside” Sellers is a hip hop DJ, Beatboxer, MC and educator, who first appeared on wax and in NYC Public School classrooms in the year 2000. His movements aim to incite empathy and empowerment through social justice education and creative freedom; this can be seen and heard in his teaching work, musical recordings and live shows.

His prowess as a multi-elemental artist and improviser have led to thirteen international tours, landed his latest album atop the CMJ Hip Hop charts and found him on MTV’s “Made,” Okayplayer, the Today Show, CBS Early Show, HipHopDX, and 2DopeBoyz, and in the pages of the New York Times and the Village Voice.

Darkside is the co-founder of the non-profit Hip Hop Re:Education Project, a Hip Hop Education Fellow at the H2ED Hip Hop Ed Center at NYU, and in 2015-16 will be a guest professor at The New School (NYC), teaching a seminar of his own design.

Maddy “MADlines” Clifford is a rapper, writer, educator and youth advocate. She holds an MFA from Mills College, has independently released two EPs, and shared her work widely, including opening for Souls of Mischief and workshopping her poetry with Willie Perdomo.

MADlines currently teaches poetry classes with incarcerated youth in San Francisco.

Her ultimate goal is to leave an indelible footprint in a shifting cultural landscape, one in which young people’s dreams for peace can take root.

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