From March 30th to April 16th, 2019 five hip hop artists will travel to the Philippines 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 Bryan “Anacron” Recharde Allen 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 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 is dedicated to representing women at the forefront of the culture on a high level through internationally recognized competition. At a young age Macca’s family relocated to Germany, where she began learning to breakdance in 2004 and had her first experiences with international hip-hop culture. Since then Macca has danced in Germany, Switzerland, England, Bolivia, Canada, France, Puerto Rico, Reunion Island and Nicaragua and has served as a Hip Hop ambassador to La Paz, Bolivia on a trip organized by the U.S. Government. Macca is a proven top female competitor in the Breaking scene winning many battles, including the Bgirl Battle at Evolution 2011, Hip Obsession in France, and was selected to represent the U.S. for BBS International Breaking Event. Macca become the first female to represent the world-renowned Bboyworld team to compete in France at the Breaking World Series in 2014. She continues to travel; teaching workshops, competing, and judging competitions. She is also the co-founder of the production company “GIRL ILLA Tactics”.
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.
Anacron Allen of Los Angeles, California, has over 30 years of experience as a performing rapper and spoken-word artist. He also hosts for the spoken word performance venues “Mental Graffiti” and “The Dandelion Patch”, and has guest-hosted the National Poetry Slam and Chicago’s “Green Mill”. Anacron has taught hip hop evolution and songwriting courses for institutions like Global Roots, and has spent the last decade producing “Unfamous Fest”: an internationally presented celebration of art, music, dance, and food.