Zimbabwean Hip Hop Veteran Dumi Right Elected As US Hip Hop Ambassador

Next Level is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in association with the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Through hip hop music and dance, Next Level fosters cross-cultural creative expression and exchange in diverse and underserved communities. During the exchanges, teams of MCs, DJs, beat makers, and hip-hop dancers conduct public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and jam sessions with diverse audiences. Next Level artist-educators are selected on the basis of artistic quality and commitment to education and cultural engagement through an open competition and Zimbabwean Hip Hop Veteran Dumisani “Dumi RIGHT” Ndlovu (MC) was selected to represent as an MC in Thailand.

Zimbabwean US based Dumi Right was first introduced to audiences during hip hop’s golden age as a member of Zimbabwe Legit, one of the first African hip hop groups to gain international recognition. In the years since, he has remained immersed in the culture and business of hip-hop, releasing a number of noteworthy album projects and performing all across the US and on the world stage. Over the years, he has also served as point person for several events involving music, arts and culture, interacting with organizations and artists from a variety of different countries. His craft is steeped in classic hip-hop styles, with thought-provoking lyrics and poignant wordplay over a backdrop of rugged beats from some of the underground’s finest producers. The scope and scale of his work exhibits broad geographic and cultural diversity with collaborations with artists from across the globe as well as notable US hip-hop luminaries (including the likes of the Jungle Brothers, Chubb Rock, Vast Aire, YZ and more).

Through out 2014 and 2015, Next Level coordinated a series of three-week-long exchange programs in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Montenegro, India, Senegal and Serbia, and concluded with the Global Next Level residency, which brought artists from each of those countries to the U.S.

Mungwadzi Godwin

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