Algeria & Tunisia
From February 5th to February 13th, 2017, five artists travelled to Tunis, Tunisia, and from February 13th to February 25th, 2017, to Algiers, Algeria, as part of the Next Level program. MC Nahshid “One Be Lo” Sulaiman, DJ Nick “81Neutronz” Low-Beer, Beat Maker Nicholas “Decap” Piantedosi, and Dancer Tara “Big Tara Crichlow joined team manager Paul Rockower 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.
Nicholas “Decap” Piantedosi is an accomplished hip hop producer and teacher who has worked with internationally known artists including Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Ne-Yo, Smoke DZA, and Tim Kile (formerly of Arcade Fire), and had songs on two top 40 iTunes charting albums in 2015. He has taught music in Peru and Colombia.
Decap’s self-described approach as a producer is to incorporate the grittiest hip hop elements with the new sound of future beats. Decap’s compositions honor the raw but melodic, the penetrating and even the otherworldly.
Tara “Big Tara” Crichlow is an award-winning performer, teacher, and historian of urban dance techniques who is versed in developing programs, curating events, and lecturing at institutions internationally. She has extensive international teaching experience, including in Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Ukraine, France and the Netherlands.
Crichlow has made notable contributions to the hip-hop scene as a founding member of the Anomolies Crew, as well other crews including MAWU, HeartBreakers, and the 2006 We Bgirlz Championship squad Fox Force Five. With over twenty years invested in the dance scene, her other skill sets include, but are not limited to, creating and implementing successful dance curriculums, consulting, workshopping productions, organizing, hosting, acting as a brand ambassador, battling, judging, lecturing, and researching.
Nick “81Neutronz” Low-Beer (DJ) is an electronic musician, producer, DJ, audio engineer, teacher, classically trained pianist, sound designer, film scorer and composer, with over fifteen years of experience as a performer and educator. He has mentored numerous champion deejays and professional musicians, and his credits include releases with Eminem, Rimbu Records, The Orb, and Lee “Scratch” Perry.
Nahshid “One Be Lo” Sulaiman is a writer, emcee, poet, producer, performer, artist, activist and mentor, who has successfully started two record labels and three music production teams and released over ten acclaimed albums over the last twenty years. He recently returned from Cairo, Egypt, where he volunteered at the African Hope Learning Center, teaching literacy, writing, and performing arts to a diverse group of African refugee students from first through eleventh grade.