From January 14th to January 29th, 2016, four hip hop artists traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras as part of the Next Level program. Dancer Jeremy “B-Boy Jeremey” Pena, Beatmaker Glen “DiViNCi” Valencia, DJ Margie “KaoticBlaze” Nuñez, and MC Azad “Azad Right” Naficy joined together to perform for audiences and collaborate with local artists to promote cross-cultural creative exchange and conflict transformation.
Through the Next Level Academy, hosted by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, the artist-educators held workshops in emceeing, beatmaking, DJing, and dance. Entrepreneurship remained a focal point of Academy workshops, with discussions not only on individual success but also on the importance of fostering cooperation within artistic communities. Following the program, two student-collaborators taught their own dance workshop at a local elementary school using insights from their Academy workshops with Bboy Jeremy.
While in Honduras, the Next Level artist-educators engaged in several community events, including discussions and performances at Casa Ailanza and IHCI Comayaguela Binational Center, as well as an open jam session and cypher at Parque Kennedy. Team Honduras 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.