Local talents surprise US hip-hop group - Solomon Star News

Local talents surprise US hip-hop group

15 March 2013

AMERICAN hip-hop band Audiopharmacy yesterday staged an exciting performance for local emerging musicians at the Solomon Islands National University, Panatina pavilion.

The performance was part of the group’s outreach tour that will continue for the next three days in Honiara and Auki in Malaita Province.

In their first outreach, the group inspired a lot of local musicians including the students of SINU, who participated on a variety of hip hop style of music on stage.

Appearing on stage during the outreach program was Solomon’s renowned musician Sharzy, with a love song that blended in well with the music provided by the group.

Adding more excitement to the event was George Maenu, a student at SINU, with his rap songs.

The group’s lead vocalist Ras K’Dee from his observation concluded that Solomon Islands has great talented musicians.

He said hip hop is a basic and creative music that can be easily learned by the local emerging musicians.

Mr K’Dee hopes that during their outreach program, they will bring the love and passion of hip hop music among local musicians and youths in the country.

Today, the group will stage a public concert at the lakeside stage, old FOPA venue starting at 5.30 pm.

They travel to Auki, Malaita, tomorrow.

The tour is made possible through the American Music Abroad exchange program at the U.S. Department of State.

Audiopharmacy has taken stage at festivals, concert halls and clubs in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, France, the United Kingdom and Japan.

Audiopharmacy is a part of Audiopharmacy Prescriptions, a California-based international art collective, in which each artist strives to build community, as well as invoke consciousness, empowerment and respect for life in every creative endeavor shared with the world.

The American Music Abroad program is a partnership between the U.S. State Department of State and American Voices and aims to engage people through music to promote mutual understanding.

The partnership brings American music artists to engage with people across the world through music in order to foster greater understanding.

American Music Abroad activities focus on younger and underserved audiences in approximately 40 countries with little or no access to live American performances.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs.

These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries.

The Association of American Voices presents concerts, workshops and master classes, and summer youth performing arts academies to over 200,000 people in 110 countries during the past two decades.

By Charles Kadamana