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Friday, March 18 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Ozomatli and the State Department: Cool Cultural Diplomacy

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In 2007 the LA-based, multi-ethnic hip-hop band Ozomatli set out on a World tour, with stops in Burma, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Madagascar, South Africa, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Jordan and even Nepal, where they played the first free concert by a band from the West to 14,000 folks in Kathmandu. How did this all come together? Ozomatli served as US cultural representatives under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Ozomatli’s tour carried on a tradition of cultural diplomacy that stretches back to the likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. Are you interested in learning more about U.S. State Department programs that showcase American talent and engage with communities around the world? Learn more about international exchanges from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of exchange programs. A short video will be screened, Ozomatli will perform a short set, and the band and Ms. Pally will answer questions. (Portions of this description courtesy Future of Music Coalition)

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Amy Blackman

MgrCookmanAmy B was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After completing her under and post graduate degrees at NYU and Columbia in a field of expertise that unbeknownst to her at the time would also come in handy in the music biz (Psychology and Anthropology), she headed West to do... Read More →

Mario Calire

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Josh Kun

ProfessorUSCJosh Kun is a professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism where he also directs The Popular Music Project of The Norman Lear Center. He is the author or editor of several books, including 2005's Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (winner of a... Read More →

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Maura Pally

Deputy Asst Secretary of State for ProUS Department of State

Friday March 18, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Austin Convention Center, Day Stage

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