A2VT and Migmar Tsering, two Vermont Folklife Center collaborators, were recently featured in a Burlington FreePress profile on emerging New American Artists.
A2VT (Africa to Vermont), a Winooski-based hip-hop group formed by three young refugees from Somalia, Congo and Tanzania that takes the global language of hip-hop and infuses it with the personal, musical, and cultural traditions of each performer. Their songs are a mix of languages—English, French, Mai Mai, and Swahili—and through them they draw together past and present to forge new identities rooted in worlds both old and new. We met A2VT during the production of their first album, which we supported through our New Neighbors Music Project. Click to learn more about our New Neighbors Music Project.
Migmar Tsering is a tibetan musician that moved to Vermont in 2011—and shortly after began teaching Tibetan music to young people in his community here with support from the Vermont Folklife Center’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Click to learn more about our Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
Read Alexandre Silberman's complete article in the Burlington FreePress, here. Or, see excerpts below.
A2VT performs live at ArtsRiot in Burlington, VT in November 2014.