Levantine PD is proud to have taken part in the latest adventure in hip hop diplomacy: Next Level Tanzania!
LPD worked with the University of North Carolina’s Department of Music on Next Level Tanzania in Dar es-Salaam and Zanzibar!
The Next Level Tanzania team featured the stellar team MC Ahmad, DJ Teao of Audiopharmacy, Beatmaker Yako 440 of Soul Inscribed and Dancer Karlita Whackafella
The Next Level Tanzania project held a mini-NL academy with the MUHAS-UNC HIV Prevention project and the NL Dar Academy with local hip hop artists. It also featured a hip hop/taarab collaboration in Zanzibar with the Dhow Countries Music Academy!
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."