From July 23 to August 6, 2014, hip hop artists Jorge “Pop Master Fabel” Pabon (Dancer), Shirlette Ammons (MC), Joseph “Diamond D” Kirkland (Beatmaker), and Christopher “DJ B*Money” Behm-Meyer (DJ) traveled to Serbia as part of the Next Level Program. Through the Next Level Academy in Belgrade, the artist-educators held workshops that focused on hip hop skills, entrepreneurship, leadership, and artistic development. Next Level’s Team Serbia also held hip hop music and dance workshops for young people in Novi Sad. During their time in Serbia, the artist-educators collaborated with well-known local musicians and explored styles of Roma music, as well as Serbian jazz and funk. Next Level’s Serbia Residency received considerable media attention— Radio Free Europe reported on the Next Level Academy and two artist-educators were interviewed on a major Serbian morning news program.
The final Next Level Academy performances in Belgrade and Novi Sad were attended by hundreds of audience members and covered by several local media outlets. Team Serbia is part of a larger Next Level cohort of American MCs, DJs, beatmakers, and hip hop dancers seeking to create global community through hip hop culture.