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US consulate sponsors hip-hop programme

Update: May, 11/2010 - 10:03

HCM CITY — Three hip-hop performers from the US will conduct training programmes in Ha Noi, Hai Phong, HCM City and Can Tho between May 9 and 22.

Break dancer Brandon "Peace" Albright, rapper Chen Lo and DJ Scan will take part in the programme sponsored by the US Department of State and the US Consulate General in HCM City.

The programme is part of a series of events which the consulate organises to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the people of the US and Viet Nam.

American hip hop is at the centre of a worldwide music and fashion trend that crosses social barriers and cuts across racial lines.

The group will conduct a two-day training and exchange programme (May 17-18) at the Dance School of HCM City for 35 local break dancers, rappers and DJs.

The training will include a brief history of hip hop and hands-on demonstrations of artistic techniques.

After HCM City, the group will travel to Can Tho City to conduct a similar programme on May 20 - 21 at the Can Tho Cultural Centre.

Each American hip-hop envoy has previously participated in US Department of State cultural exchange programmes in other countries. — VNS

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