From August 5th to August 20th, 2018, five hip hop artists traveled to Tashkent and Samarkand, Uzbekistan, as part of the Next Level program. Beat Maker Michael “Adum” Dottin, Dancer Lino “Leanski” Delgado, DJ Princess Cut, and MC Dahlak Brathwaite joined Site Manager Mahogany Jones and Videographer Anshul Gupta 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. 

Lino “Leanski” Delgado is a dancer from Boston, Massachusetts with over 30 years of experience in his field. A co-founder of the Floorlords Crew, Leanski has organized and performed in various theatrical productions and public events, including the City of Boston’s Peace Hip Hop Festival at City Hall Plaza. He has appeared in dance performances on both television and film alongside Madonna, Run DMC, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliot.

Michael “ADUM⁷” Dottin is a New York based record producer, MC, visual artist, and entrepreneur.

As a touring musician, ADUM⁷ has had the opportunity to do sponsored performances in Panama and Japan. As an entrepreneur, he helped found the “Grassroots Artists MovEment” G.A.ME, which helps provide the local hip-hop community with free healthcare, dental, and legal advice and will be one of the supporting producers of Brooklyn’s “Black Vegfest” in August of 2018.

ADUM⁷ also releases music and secures creative opportunities as “Kreative Kaiju” and “MANAFEST VISION MEDIA LLC”: companies of which he is the founder and CEO.

Dahlak Brathwaite is a multifaceted hip hop artist who maximizes his abilities as musician, actor, poet, and educator within the transformational space of the theatre. Since launching onto the national spoken word scene on HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam, Dahlak has showcased his blend of hip hop, theatre, and spoken word at over 200 universities throughout the United States and Europe. Dahlak has worked closely with hip hop theatre pioneer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, writing and performing in several of Joseph’s critically acclaimed plays. From 2007 to 2012, Dahlak released five hip hopprojects, including the album Spiritrials, which is a hip hop theatre production currently on tour. In 2014, Dahlak was selected as amusician for a U.S. State Department International Exchange Fellowship called 1Beat. Recently, he was nominated for the 2019 United States Artists Fellowship.

Princess Cut is a world-traveled DJ operating out of Atlanta Georgia. Her “Princess Cut” work represents her love for Pop/Euro/Dance music, while her “Sweetbox Jones” persona is all about Hip-Hop: mainstream, old school, Southern and underground. Her mixing skills have often been used by clothing retailers in their promotional materials, and she has been featured in digital and print publications including Black Enterprise, VIBE, Upscale, Jezebel, Hip-Hop Weekly, Rolling Out, Creative Loafing, Madame Noire and Mandatory Business. As an activist she has worked with organizations such as The Steve Harvey Foundation, Usher’s “New Look” Foundation, and various outreach programs that target disenfranchised youth, particularly young women.

Mahogany Jones is a recording and performance artist, arts advocate, community activist and educator. Named the only four-time undefeated Champion of BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Fridays” in 2001, Jones set about establishing herself as an emcee with a cause appearing on over 30 albums. In 2012, Jones became an international artist when she was selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as an official hip-hop Ambassador to five nations in Africa. She has since served in Iraq, Kurdistan, Sudan, Brazil, and Haiti.

The native New Yorker is also a writer-in-residence for Detroit’s largest literary arts education nonprofit, InsideOut, and is a facilitator of hip-hop based prevention programming with non-profit organization The Yunion. In addition to teaching, mentoring and recording, Jones serves as weekly host and organizer of 5e Gallery’s The Foundation open-mic. Her latest album, PURE, is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of women.

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