Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with American Voices, announced today that the Detroit, Michigan-based Hip Hop/ Spoken Word group Mahogany Jones-LIVE will tour Africa this fall as part of the American Music Abroad series.

Mahogany Jones-Live will tour Zambia September 29- October 5; Botswana October 6-11; Uganda October 12-18; Rwanda October 19-26 and Ethiopia October 27-November 5. Tour activities will include public concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, media outreach, and collaborations with local musicians. The group will conduct a pre-tour outreach program with local students in Washington, D.C. September 25-26.

The American Music Abroad program sends American bands overseas to engage with audiences and communities, especially underserved youth. The program builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, including music, to engage people and create opportunities for greater understanding.

This season’s 12 participating American Music Abroad groups were selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants to travel to more than 40 countries to promote cross-cultural understanding through music. The 2012-2013 season will feature a variety of American musical genres, including urban/hip-hop, bluegrass, country, Americana, classical/jazz, rock/blues, and Hawaiian slack key guitar/hula.

For more information, please visit and or contact:

Anna Griffin, U.S. Department of State (202) 642 6445, and

Paul Rockower, American Voices (301) 875 8319,

PRN: 2012/1413