Kane Smego, Next Level’s Associate Director, is an international touring spoken word poet, emcee, educator, and National Poetry Slam finalist. He is an alumnus of Next Level Zimbabwe, and he has served as the site manager for NL programs in Thailand, Brazil, Morocco, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic.
As a recording artist, Kane has featured on Grammy Award-winner King Mez's debut album My Everlasting Zeal, and topped the Spotify Viral 50 billboard in May 2017 featuring on the song North Cack with G Yamazawa. The music video for the song appeared on BET Jams, and went on to win Best Music Video at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, NY.
Kane’s one-man show, Temples of Lung and Air, fuses rap, poetry, beatboxing, and storytelling in a work of Hip Hop theater. The show premiered at Playmakers Repertory Company in 2018 and was selected to be feature at the United Solo Festival in NYC in October 2019. A native of Durham, NC, Kane currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.