Did’ya know the U.S. State Department money sends rockers to Azerbaijan?

While you live Pac’s thug life, the rest of the world and your Department of State is sending rock bands to five countries in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Latvia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and back to Sunset Strip for a FREE show. Granted, the venue was rented by American Voices Abroad. AMA is a great nonprofit that gets funds from DOS’ Bureau of Cultural Affairs. For all intents and purposes, they show may be free for attendees, but Viper Room must’ve given U.S. a giant old discount.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: MrKandyba

Father, award-winning investigative journalist, content producer, bio writer and aspiring author. Proud alumnus of Cal State Northridge journalism department. Completing graduate certificate in public relations at University of Maryland University College to go with one in int'l trade.

2 thoughts on “Did’ya know the U.S. State Department money sends rockers to Azerbaijan?”

  1. I’m never quite sure whether I want to know where my tax money is going as I’m almost certain to find a good deal of that spending enraging – a problem certain to increase in the very near term. On the other hand, I’m a proponent of cultural exchange/soft diplomacy even when my personal tastes might be different.

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    1. As we all should be. I saw Mahogany Jonz in Lusaka, Zambia, in October 2012. USDOS should be commended for funding these programs. Started under Bush Administration, as irony would have it. I think rock and non-urban comprises about 80 percent of that touring market though, roughly speaking. That’s where the problem lies. Political risk and hip-hop are mutually exclusive entities. I love rock, though, too, but not as much as spoken word. See if anyone in your area wants to see Kanye West’s big homie Malik Yusef. He’s in Istanbul this week. Risa, thank you for being the first commenter on my blog, btw.

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