We have traveled to seven countries in four years (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Iran, Ghana, Trinidad & Tobago and Rotterdam), typically countries in Africa or the diaspora, spreading the message of self-love and self determination through music and education. Over time the model for the tours has evolved and now consists of 4 elements: A media campaign, live performances, musical collaborations with local artists and workshops. The media campaigns are typically interviews on television, radio, print and social media. We engage in dialogue about social injustices using music as a catalyst for the conversation. In addition to live performances, we also make music in collaboration with local artists about a social issue that they feel to be important based on their social context. We have covered topics like the dangers of colonial education, environmental sustainability, gentrification and unity in addition to self-love and acceptance. Lastly, we provide workshops on Black history and how to use art as activism and how to build social good organizations from artistic product or practice.
We have traveled with two tours so far: The Remember Tour, which focused on the importance of remembering and honoring ancestors and studying history and The Nappy Tour, which is about self-love and self acceptance as the first step in cultural transformation and eventual social transformation, focused primarily on the natural hair movement. Some outcomes that we have seen are:
We have returned to a country and seen several young women who previously had their hair chemically relaxed, with natural hair who say that they were inspired by Nappy and that now they love their natural hair.
After our workshops in Uganda, two twin brothers who were refugees from the Congo living in Uganda were able to secure sponsorship for their arts activism of providing beat-boxing workshops in Congolese Refugee Camps.
Msstafrika, an organization out of Tanzania started a gardening and hip program using hip-hop to engage young people in self-sustaining food sources.
A young artist in Kenya, Nahya Kuri, started a monthly event called “Lessons in Black History” to teach the community Kenyan history.
The Born Black Movement started in Ghana after a collaboration between myself and a Ghanaian producer Kopow created a song together called “I Love Being Black”. Later, a group of young MC’s wrote and produced a song called “Born Black” complete with T-shirts and a community event celebrating Black pride.
The Remember Tour 2015
The Remember Tour 2016
The Nappy Tour 2017
The Nappy Tour 2018