On November 25th to December 9th, 2018, five hip hop artists traveled to Guatemala as part of the Next Level program. Dancer Kareem “Bboy Kareem” Gwinn, DJ Laleyna “Amore” Gomex, Graffiti/Aerosol Artist David “Chino BYI” Villorente, and MC Angelique “Giddy” Perez joined team manager Kane Smego and performed for audiences and collaborated 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!
Kareem “Bboy Kareem” Gwinn has a 20-year career of dancing and is known for his creative power moves. He is experienced with breakdancing battles and challenging competitions, and has already battled some of the best B-Boys in the world. Along with winning some major competitions, Kareem has also performed for Cirque Du Soleil for 4 years. His goal is to show the world his talents and to inspire anyone to do what they love.
Laleyna “Amore” Gomez is a DJ, producer, and AV consultant in Harlem, New York. She has expertise with a variety of analog and digital musical equipment and shares her expertise as a Serato DJ instructor and a teacher in public and private NYC schools. When not teaching, Laleyna co-owns a Harlem production company called “Intlx Productions” and does AV consulting for various New York City venues.
David “Chino” Villorente is a graffiti artist and has written and edited for several graffiti-focused publications in and around New York City. This has included an 11-year period as editor for the “Bomb Shelter” and “Graf Flix” graffiti features in The Source magazine and numerous shows and speaking engagements to share his knowledge of graffiti culture. He has also co-authored a book about New York’s subway graffiti art called “Mascots and Mugs”, as well as co-authoring the “Piecebook” graffiti art book series: “Piecebook”, “Piecebook Reloaded”, and “World Piecebook”.
Angelique “Giddy” Perez is an international touring spoken-word poet, MC, beatboxer, and teaching artist originally from Brooklyn and now working in Tampa, Florida. In 2016 she was a Cultural Ambassador for the United States and a Spoken Word Immersion Grant recipient. She believes in the power of youth and is a Program Director for Slam Camp at Indiana University, an annual writing summer camp for high school students.