From March 30th to April 16th, 2019 five hip hop artists will travel to Australia as part of the Next Level program. Beat Maker Chaz “Chazmere” Queen, Dancer Macca “Bgirl Macca” Malik, DJ Candice “DJ Kuttin Kandi” Custodio-Tan, and MC Chane “Big Piph” Morrow will join team manager Jaci Caprice Clark 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. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with the trip!

Chaz “Chazmere” Queen is a performing artist, songwriter, producer, and teacher from The Bronx, New York.

Chaz’s musical practice involves balancing the demands of music production with his capacity as a teacher and mentor in uptown NYC. “As an artist ambassador from The Bronx, my mission is to empower and unify our communities by encouraging independent thinking, emotional intelligence and mindfulness through music performance, production, and education.”

Macca “Bgirl Macca” Malik has worked hard to represent women at the forefront of the culture on a high level through internationally recognized competition. Macca is a proven top female competitor in the Breaking scene and was selected to represent the U.S. for BBS International Breaking Event 2013. In 2014, Macca became the first female to represent the world-renowned Bboyworld team at the Breaking World Series.  Macca is proud to be the first ever Sponsored B-Girl by Monster Energy.  

Candice “DJ Kuttin Kandi” Custodio-Tan is a disabled PilipinX/Pinay-American writer, poet, theater performer, educator, hip hop feminist, and community organizer in Queens, New York. She is a member of DJ team champions 5th Platoon; Co-Founder and DJ for the hip hop group Anomolies; Co-Founder of the famed NY monthly open mic “Guerrilla Words,” Co-Founder of the coalition R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop (Representing Education, Activism & Community through Hip Hop), Co-Founder and Board Member of the new DJ Coalition – Freedom Sound DJ’s, and the Founder and Editor of the blog Hip Hop Bruha. Kandi is the 1998 NY Source Magazine DJ Champion and been honored and performed at venues such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lincoln Center, and Madison Square Garden for WNBA’s NY Liberty. She is a known Pop-Culture Political Essayist and has written for several anthologies and blogs. Kandi is also the Co-Editor of the book “Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipino/a America” and is currently working on new writing projects.

When Kandi is not performing she is organizing on the ground with various grassroots community organizations, speaking, writing or lecturing. Kandi worked at UC San Diego’s Women’s Center for seven years specializing in social justice & diversity programming and within Student Life at Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area, organizes with Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Asian Solidarity Collective, and the Intersectional Feminist Collective, and regularly provides lectures on diversity, gender & sexuality, race, body politics, disability justice.

Chane “Big Piph” Morrow is a Stanford-educated MC and community builder from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  He performs regularly with his 7-piece band, Tomorrow Maybe, and has worked with major acts including TI, Big Sean, Snoop, and others.

He is lead coordinator of jUSt and Global Kids-Arkansas, which sends high-performing high school students from underserved communities abroad to do social service projects.

Big Piph facilitates hip hop workshops, is a noted speaker, and recently released “The Legacy Project,” an interactive app-based album.

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