A renowned American rapper, actress, writer and first Hiphop ambassador to the U.S. State Department, Toni Blackman, will be visiting Uganda next month, Xclusive UG reveals.
The celebrated entertainer will come along with an envoy of fellow artists and music business mentors Trinise L. Crowder (Atlas) and Denise Stephanie Garcia (Sincerity) to hold workshops with Ugandans in the music, dance, arts and entertainment industry. Activities will include training in music management and promotion, and tackle challenges like copyright and gender, among others.
This website understands that the U.S. Mission in Uganda has partnered with Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) to carry out a series of events in Kampala, Masaka and Jinja between August 2nd and 15th, 2018, which together intend to support the development ofUganda’s arts industry – with mentoring on everything from promotional strategy to copyright issues, plus two concerts and an Arts Forum.
The Arts Envoy 2018 series of events will include a full schedule of workshops, outreaches, a forum and two concerts at Bax in Jinja on Saturday August 4th, an Art Forum “Enforcing Copyright and Neighbouring rights” at The Square in Kampala on Thursday August 9th and a final concert at YMCA, Wandegeya in Kampala on Saturday August 11th.
Toni Blackman also known as Miss Blackman, T-lala, was born in Pittsburg, California, U.S. She is an American rapper (specializing in freestyle hip-hop), actress, and writer who was the first hip-hop ambassador to the U.S. State Department.
Additionally, she was selected as a 2006 Rhythm Road touring artist and subsequently served as on the selection committee for American Music Abroad (formerly Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road) with American Voices.