FOKN BOIS (GH)
FOKN BOIS (Ghana)
Award winning Duo, FOKN Bois, popularly known for thanking God they are not “A Nigerians” after giving the world its first and second Pidgen Musicals “Coz Ov Moni 1&2”, are the most celebrated Ghanaian music duo in the world, due to their most unconventional way of entertaining with ingeniously tasteful shock lyrics, revolutionary performance and indulgent progressive sounds.
MUNGO’S HiFi (UK)
MUNGO’S HiFi (UK)
Mungo’s HiFi is a sound system based in Glasgow, Scotland which follows the original Jamaican sound system tradition. After working together previously, Tom Tattersall and Doug Paine founded the group in 2000, writing, recording, producing and performing their own brand of reggae and dub music, working in collaboration with other artists and producers. They were joined in 2002 by Craig Macleod, in 2006 by Jerome Joly and in 2012 by James Whelan. Bringing up-to-date reggae, dub and dancehall sounds to Glasgow across the city in venues such as the Glasgow School of Art. The sound system quickly became part of a wider reggae network with a hectic schedule of live performance, both djing and as a sound system at clubs and events across the UK and Europe. The Mungo’s Hi Fi sound system appears at several large festivals each year including Glastonbury, Womad, Outlook Festival and others.
DJ ZHAO (CN/DE)
DJ ZHAO (China/Germany)
DJ Zhao brings contemporary and classic dance music together from all five continents, with focus on Africa. While his DJ sets reach from culture centers to remote areas of the globe, and now back through the ages, DJ Zhao’s remix and mashup work directly connects “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and hyper-modern.
BLINKY BILL (KE)
BLINKY BILL – JUST A BAND (Kenya)
Blinky Bill is a Kenyan musician, producer and DJ affiliated to Kenyan music and art collective Just A Band. He has performed in many shows around the world such as SummerStage in Central Park, Paleo Festival In Switzerland and was most recently a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo in 2014 and is also a TED Fellow. His DJ sets are eclectic, ranging from electronic music to tribal African beats to hip hop and always fun times for the audience.
Riddlore is a pioneer of the LA underground hip hop scene, both as a producer and emcee, the subject of several documentaries and a frequent collaborator with hiphop visionaries such as Aceyalone, Mikah 9 and Busdriver.Riddlore became involved in hip-hop in 1983 becoming one of the first rappers to popularize the term “freestyling” as an improvisational artform, along with Rifleman and Freestyle Fellowship. He was regularly hosted at the Good Life Café, the now legendary open mic session in LA in the early 90’s responsible for giving birth to many west coast hip hop icons. In the mid-90s he initiated the Project Blowed along with Aceyalone and Abstract Rude. By the late-90s Riddlore took interest in Busdriver, producing his first album, Memoirs of an Elephantman, all the while releasing independent music and touring the world with acts such as Prince Paul, Aceyalone, MichaelFranti. Riddlore has also collaborated with members of Dilated Peoples, Living Legends, The Shapeshifters, Freestyle Fellowship and many other crews worldwide.
BBRAVE, aka Benjamin Lebrave, is the founder and owner of Akwaaba Music. Established in 2008, the label is an outlet for BBRAVE’s endless passion for African music. Lebrave has been working with over 70 recording artists from 15 African nations, and has been growing a global network spanning content production, digital distribution, marketing and licensing. Today Akwaaba Music is recognized by its peers as a much needed, forward-thinking window onto Africa. As a DJ, BBRAVE focuses on the dancefloor side of things, mashing together the staggering variety of dance music genres made in Africa, from kuduro to coupé décalé, kwaito and kwassa house to hiplife, gbema or soukous. BBRAVE also keeps an open ear for other strains of tropical beats, constantly bridging the gap between Africa, the Americas, and Europe, combining his own array of beats into an infectiously potent musical stew.
DJ BBRAVE has been DJing for well over a decade, always looking for a different edge to keep the crowd shaking, and to keep his mind interested. Discovering African club sounds around 2006 was love at first sight. Since then, the syncopated fruity loop beats have been spreading overwhelmingly positive vibrations from Africa, and have conquered the hearts, minds and feet of crowds from Accra to Berlin, Luanda to Mexico City. Following in the footsteps of vinyl-era crate-digging DJs, BBRAVE spins tracks that have yet to hit the blogs. Collecting CD-Rs and demos from across Africa, he makes sure to leave everyone drooling for his fresh sounds, and sweating to his contagious beats. Song after song, BBRAVE rides the thin line between authentic and accessible, always pushing the sonic boundaries at the clubs and events he plays at.
MAX LE DARON (BE)
MAX LE DARON (Belgium)
Young producer and DJ from Brussels (Belgium), Max le Daron distills a mix of urban music from all over the world, with a huge influence from the UK Bass music culture.
In the scene since 2008, he collected prestigious residencies in Brussels and Paris (Mirano Continental, K-Nal, Nouveau Casino, Lowup parties,…) and shared the decks all over Europe and North America with some of the biggest names of today’s electronic and global bass scene ( (Diplo, Buraka Som Sistema, Steve Aoki, Toddla T, Daniel Haaksman, Djedjotronic, Noisia, Schlachthofbronx,…)
He already released more than 50 tunes (remixes and original tracks) on labels such as Man Recordings, Booty Call Records, Pelican Fly, Moveltraxx, Freshmore, Akwaaba Music … supported by some of the godfathers of the scene like Diplo, Toy Selectah, Daniel Haaksman, Toddla T, Dave Nada,… and important medias such as Mad Decent blog, Mixmag, BBC One, The FADER, Generation Bass, ….
Since 2012 he runs his own imprint alongside DJ Mellow, Jay Jackson and Excyta: Lowup Records.
In the summer of 2013 he went to Accra (Ghana) to record a sound bank for the ghanaian Azonto Producers called “The Roots Of Azonto”, in collab with Benjamin Lebrave (BBrave) from Akwaaba Music, he also gave them production masterclasses and the results of this journey are about to be published. He’s now working on a new EP for Lowup Records, a mixture of afro-dancehall vibes inspired by his recent trip, and also got a single azonto release planned for a famous portuguese global bass imprint.
Makadem, also known as the Ohanglaman is a talented musician and vibrant performing artiste from Kenya. His stage presence, charismatic persona and powerful vocal delivery, has had him likened to the legendary King of Afro Beat, FelaKuti.
Makadem honed his performance skills by entertaining guests at the beach hotels of Mombasa, his hometown at the Kenyan coast.
Makadem received international limelight when he released a song titled ‘Obama Be Thy Name’ in support of current American President Barrack Obama, during his campaign bid in 2008. The video of the song attracted both negative and positive feedback on YouTube, and was featured by CNN during the same campaign period. Makadem has remained one of the busiest Kenyan artists to date with regular tours of Europe organized by One World. Some of the highlights of his career include opening for SeunKuti in Copenhagen, Denmark in October of 2011 and performing at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in France in May of 2012.
CHARLIE P (UK)
CHARLIE P (UK)
Young, upcoming artist by the name of Charlie P is a Reggae/Roots/Dub singer from Essex, England and in the start of his music career, has already made a big impact in the Reggae scene. He is currently touring the world and has worked with big people in the scene such as Dubateers, Second 2 None, Kenny Knots, BigaRanx, Ranking Joe, The Goldmaster All-Stars, Michael Profit, Jah Tubby, Earl 16, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, IrationSteppas, Bush Chemists, Conscious Sounds, King General, OBF Sound System and many, many more.
DJ MARFOX (PT)
DJ MARFOX (Portugal)
’10 New Artists You Need To Know’ on Rolling Stone Magazine
DJ Marfox’ debut 12”, ‘Eu Sei Quem Sou’ (“I Know Who I Am”), declared his insistence on claiming cultural roots, and roots as an impetus for creative, technological, and – perhaps most critically – collective social evolution. Marfox aka Marlon Silvas’s ancestry traces back to the former Portuguese colony of São Tomé e Príncipe. He began producing and DJing as a teenager, disseminating music via YouTube and independently released single mp3s in Lisbon. His DJs di Ghetto compilation EP, produced with his crew by the same name, acquired iconic status in urban Portugal and diasporic African communities throughout Europe, helping to create a grassroots network of young, creatives seeking to breach new territory in sound and culture. ‘Eu Sei Quem Sou’, released via emerging label Príncipe in 2011, articulated a brash poetics, with complex, driving percussion, dark, baroque techno, garage, bass, and batida (instrumental kuduro), demonstrating Marfox’ complex aesthetic matrices. Piccadilly records described the release as: “An excellent EP that could only really have come out of a cultural melting pot such as Lisbon, a new direction for dance music on the global dancefloor.”
His most recent ‘Lucky Punch’ EP was released on Lit City Trax last year and his glorious US live premiere happened at the label’s party at The Westway, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy New York Festival. He has also performed live in the States on the 2014 edition of the MoMA PS1 Warm Up Series in NYC, besides making it to L.A. for a Lit City Rave at Los Globos, and visited Brazil for shows in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In Europe he has been active throughout the Old Continent, playing mainstay and left field clubs, warehouses, galleries and festivals such as Krakow’s Unsound, Berlin’s CTM, Madrid’s Electronica en Abril or Paris’ The Peacock Society.
DOGU & ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS (DE)
DOGU & ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS (Germany)
The Ancient Astronauts are Kabanjak and Dogu, a bulletproof production and DJ duo hailing from Cologne, Germany. The phenomenon of “ancient astronauts, “a belief that extraterrestrial beings visited Earth in ancient times to mingle and trade ideas with early human civilizations”, isn’t an alien concept to these Ancient Astronauts. The cross-pollination and mash-up of ideas, sounds, styles, and a collaborative spirit are their modus operandi. Self-described as a “mash up of the distant past and far future”; these time travelers´ music is a mystic brew born out of an eclectic mix of ideas, sounds and styles.
GONZO/DISCREPANT RECS (UK/PT)
GONZO/DISCREPANT RECS (UK/Portugal)
Gonzo’s London based record label has been deconstructing, distorting and re-assembling music from sonically under presented areas of the world since 2011. His label is currently releasing some of the most adventurous releases coming out of Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.
DJ SALUT (JP)
DJ SALUT (Japan)
Hailing straight from the Tokyo underground with over 20 years experience, DJ Salut built a reputation in his home city for his epically long vinyl sets, fusing disco grooves from Mid 70’s Gwen McCrae to fine pieces by UK underground legends such as Lindsay Todd, Felix Dickinson & Nick The Record. Also well up in the latest deep minimal from Russia & Eastern Europe, like Anton Zap, Mario Basanov & Vakula
DREAD STEPPA (UK/KE)
DREAD STEPPA (UK/Kenya)
Hailing from Leicester, UK, Dread Steppa follows in the footsteps of Dubstep & Reggae legends such as Rob Sparx, Vibronics and Kontact just to name a few. Raised in Nairobi Kenya, Dread aims to build the future reggae scene in East Africa, through the use of classic street jams and sound system culture. Heavily influenced by Old School Dub, Reggae, Roots, Jungle, Drum & Bass and Dubstep, Dread Steppa produces sets of a similar nature in his own Rootikal style, with an approach to new electronic techniques and genres.
SHOESHINE BWOY & TUNEDEN BAND (UG)
SHOESHINE BWOY & THE TUNEDEN BAND 254 (Kenya)
Shoeshine Boy was born in a small lakeside town in the Western province of Kenya. After moving to Nairobi and finishing high school he started as a Reggae/Dancehall vocal artist, musically influenced by Jamaican DJs like Capleton and Sizzla. Having sharpened his skills by live performances in Nairobi’s dancehall scene, he began recording and released his first album Look Beyond. Shoeshine Boy has performed together with artists like Chavelle Franklyn and Lt. Stitchie, and has toured in Europe two times within the last few years.At the Nyege Nyege festival he will be backed by TuneDem Band 254, which has been working with him since 2010, fusing Jamaican Raggamuffin and Kenyan music from various parts of the country, giving it an unique style that has not been heard before.
Heavy hitter Skaface has turned heads from London to Kampala, Nairobi and Dar, now Nairobi based, he is also an organizer of the Rift Valley Festival, Famous for his earchoppin bass pumpin early hour sets, he brings the free sound system vibration to any happening…
ALAI K – DISCO VUMBI (KE)
ALAI K – DISCO VUMBI (Kenya)
Alai K started his musical career as Hip Hop artist and proceeded afterwards to Afrofusion musician. As Alai continues with his musical journey, he discovers new musical styles, instruments and methods. Believing that there are no limits in music, Alai is creating a new, distinct style that he calls Disco Vumbi. It’s a fresh and unique form of Kenyan dance music that refers to the former street disco-esque way of enjoying music. What’s special about this style is not only its extraordinary, “out-of-the-box” sound but also the fact that it is 100% self-made. Disco Vumbi marks Alai K’s debut as producer.
DJ RACHAEL (UG)
DJ RACHAEL (Uganda)
The most popular,famous, globe-trotting,iconic pioneer female DJ in Uganda. The girl power defining DJ, is still rising and rocking crowds now more than ever before, 14 years on and more reknown!!
LION STORY (BI)
LION STORY (Burundi)
“Lion Story, a reggae band and one of the most popular music groups in Burundi, articulate the growing frustration of Burundians today. One of the poorest and most densely populated countries on the continent, Burundi emerged from nearly three decades of war in 2005. In recent years the government has imprisoned journalists, civil society leaders, and political dissidents. The Lion Story’s activities exemplifies civil society’s resistance to the government’s increasing authoritarianism.” Lion Story still manages to be a treat to watch live while even performing socially conscious music.
AFTER ODON (MX)
AFTER ODON (Mexico)
Afterodon have been turning heads with their head spinning debut album Dubriser. These two young reaggae and dub lovers from Mexico have been making mello psycadelic dub with powerful grooves that will definitely drive you directly to Relaxland.
Man from Timbuktu (UK)
Man from Timbuktu (UK)
The Racubah Sound System is a collective of music enthusiasts exploring dance sounds from around the globe. Musicians, producers, promoters, travellers, diggers and DJs are all part of a musical family dedicated to finding, creating and sharing the fruits of the worlds’ musical heritage.
They have been throwing parties since 1999, with music exploring Afro, Funk, Latin, and Balkan styles to name just a few and have hosted a myriad of DJs and live bands including global acts such as Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, Ska Cubano and Jungle Fire. They have spun at parties and festivals thought the UK, Africa and Europe, including Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury and Womad.
SWORDSMAN KITALA (UG)
SWORDSMAN KITALA (Uganda)
One of Boutique Sound System’s most versatile MCs, Swordsman is the young Mick Jagger of dancehall, mixing the ragamuffin with cringing beat chewing vocals, straight from the KLA underground. This will be a breakthrough performance for Swordsman.
JAHLIYA featuring LADY SLYKE & BLESSED SAN (Uganda/Russia/Germany)
Featuring Lady Slyke the Queen of hip-Hop and Blessed San The Beat Swallowa, Dj Nesta , German reggae producer and drummer Razoof, acclaimed Russian jazz bassist German and keyboardist Zilla. Jahliya formed a little over 4 months ago has already been rocking Kampala with their reggae hiphop/afrobeat fusion… but you haven’t heard anything yet until you hear their explosive live performances.
R.P.V. THE DONS (UG/RU)
R.P.V. THE DONS (Uganda/Russia)
Original African Roots Reggae band from Uganda, the Dons have been exploring the original reggae aesthetics fused with elements of lingala and other Ugandan rhythms. Maybe the most soul shaking roots reggae act on the continent.
WEST NILE FUSION BAND (UG)
WEST NILE FUSION BAND (Uganda)
Traditional band from North West Uganda who bring fire to their performance. With dancers, traditional West Nile instruments fused with a horn section and some electronic elements, they keep the crowd on its feet during the entire performance. Their music neatly amalgamates the original West-Nile pulse with an assortment of “Adungus” traditional Ugandan harps skillfully punctuated by a 2 piece brass section.
NILOTIKA CULTURE ENSEMBLE (UG)
NILOTIKA CULTURE ENSEMBLE (Uganda)
The original Nilotika Fashion Music Troupe, mixes traditional Ugandan folklore and traditional music with rhythms from West Africa and the Caribbean, mixing massive percussion sessions with more soul soothing folktales.
DJ HENRY (UG)
DJ HENRY (Uganda)
Dj Henry has been rocking dance floors in Gulu with his infectious mixes of fast ‘digital acholi folk music. ‘Acholi folk pop’, is rural village folk music, but re-interpreted by means of computers, digital instruments and music software. The fast, looped rhythms, cyclical melodies and choral singing are mostly in 6/8 time (fast waltz) but the strong accents give it, a straight-up punk, polka or techno feel.
DJ MOROTO & BOUTIQUE (GR/UG)
DJ MOROTO HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND BOUTIQUE SOUND SYSTEM (Greece/Uganda)
Moroto Heavy Industries is originally from Tilapia Culture but is now co-founder and resident at Boutique Electronique. Moroto mixes cutting-edge electronic sounds from all over the world, with a focus on African bass-tech-house mutations, including Kuduros, Kwaito and Balani. He often plays with Nilotica Drum Ensemble live percussion artists, producing a unique and explosive sound for the dance floor.
CARL DE SOUZA (UK/KE)
CARL DE SOUZA (UK/Kenya)
Carl is a massive reggae vinyl collector who plays the old way with one deck. Razor sharp
RAS BROWN & RAS CLAN (UG)
RAS BROWN & RAS CLAN SOUND SYSTEM (Uganda)
The hardest and most accomplished reggae sound system in Kampala, Ras Brown and his crew have lightened up UG dance floors for the last ten years with heavy dancehall/reggae/dub sounds.
SLIM EMCEE (UG)
SLIM EMCEE (Uganda)
Slim Emcee the poet a.k.a Kabubi Herman was born in Kampala, Uganda (East Africa) where he began writing poetry, singing, and dancing at an early age.
As a prolific writer, he recites poems echoing the shifting allegiance of Alkebulan natives from their roots to popular Western cultures and how these experiences are translated into a hybrid society, social issues that continue to affect people.
BAND OF BROKEN PUPPETS (USA/DE)
BAND OF BROKEN PUPPETS – Ancient Astronauts and Azeem the Poet (USA/Germany)
BROKEN PUPPETS were formed out of the rugged underground culture of the live music scene where rare talent, touring, and quality performance are basic fundamentals needed to earn respect in the field. When (The Poet) Azeem (Brooklyn NY / USA) and Ancient Astronauts (Cologne / Germany) united, no one can argue they brought all the above to the table. Wax Poetics Magazine has described the German production duo´s style as:
“…Downtempo grooves, hard Hip Hop, and banging Dub… that keep your head nodding start to finish.”
Add the dexterity, and lyrical passion of (The Poet) Azeem, a spontaneous revolution, with a twist of science fiction, and you may get a glimpse of what this group has to offer.
ART MELODY (BF/GH)
ART MELODY (BurkinaFaso/Ghana)
The furious wordsmith from Ouagadougou. While hip hop in Burkina Faso often celebrates life as one long party with boom boxes and beer kegs, Art Melody’s lyrics tell stories about young people’s lack of work and education. He used to work as a taxi driver, practicing his rhymes during breaks and dreaming of Europe. In an effort to get to France without a visa, Art Melody ended up in an Algerian prison. He promised himself to return home and devote all his energies to rap; and that the next attempt to get to Europe would be done as a professional musician.
A good description of the music, which is true to its American roots (Public Enemy, Nas, RZA) with heavy beats and minimal samples, while Art Melody has simultaneously approached the older sounds from Burkina Faso.
STEVE–O ATAMBIRE (GH)
STEVE–O ATAMBIRE (Ghana)
Steve-O (real name: Atambire Steven Ayuungo) is a budding 28 year old kologo player based in Accra. One of King Ayisoba’s “boys”, Steve-O has been playing for nearly fifteen years, starting in 2001, two years before relocating to Accra. He writes songs in English, Twi, and Frafra, and represents perhaps the next generation of kologo players, who come after Ayisoba’s initial success and may create a more stable kologo presence in Ghanaian popular music. He hopes to record his first album in 2009 and is currently looking for the right producer.
He began playing with a group of boys who decided to take up the instrument in Nayorga. Yet, all the others dropped the instrument after a few years. Steve-O kept it and eventually left school in Nayorga to work in Accra, where he later met Ayisoba. Currently, he is working with Pidgen Music Studio hiplife rapper Wanlov the Kubolor, using the kologo to provide real beats for a live hiplife performance, rather than the typically mimed performance. In no other kologo musician is the notion of a traveling minstrel ring more truly than with Steve-O, who was always ready to perform for a crowd anywhere.
At the Nyege Nyege festival, Steve-O will present his unreleased collaboration with Art Melody.
SABAR ZIBULA (UG)
SABAR ZIBULA (Uganda)
Sabar Zibula is a band based in Uganda that has created a new African fusion sound. The lyrics are in Wolof, Luganda, English and French which demonstrates the uniques background of the band members. The group combines western instruments such as saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum set with the traditions of Uganda, in the form of the adungu, akogo, tube fiddle, and hand drums, and Senegal with talking drum, hand drums, and the kamelngina. The music is consistently upbeat and danceable. A feeling of joy runs throughout their music and Sabar Zibula is committed to bringing the world together through music.
KOJO LION (GH)
KOJO LION (Ghana)
Identified as the next King of Ghana and African reage-dancehall star. Born in Ghana, West-Africa in the Ahantaman distric, KOJO LION, discovered his passion for music at an early age. Following his dad’s footsteps, he started drumming and singing to his friends outside in his vicinity. He settled later in Europe where he started experimenting with music on his own. Mostly influenced by his many travels across the globe he has travel the world with different kinds of cultures, powerful dancers like SASA ADWA.
Following this big dream Kojo Lion, has produced 3 Albums to his credits which reflects his musical struggle and Lifestyle. He has also been on many shows and graced stages in Sweden, Jamaica and in Ghana.
WINNIE (South Sudan)
Dubbed the High Priestess of Juba, Winnie is one of the most powerful voices to come out of the young country in recent years, echoing the suffering and hope of her people, her unique vocals have a timeless element that transports audiences to faraway lands…
DJ NESTA (UG)
DJ NESTA (Uganda)
Dj and Producer Nesta has been a crucial actor in the underground reggae/hiphop scene in Uganda, producing well over 30 different artists over his 20 years of music production. He’s also considered one of the original UG reggae sound systems when he started with his cousin Ras Brown back in the early days.
DARK MEME (UG)
DARK MEME (Uganda)
The one they call Dark Meme (a.k.a Ken Mvvalye) has been haunting the most notorious dancefloors across the region… he will turn darker than space when the mood requires it…, but come sunrise he will run his afrofunkytech till you forget the time of day….. Dark Meme is part of the santuri safari crew and also involved with pioneer electro sound system Hatari Voltage, he now runs the monthly Kampala Sundowners with the UGCS, and has worked on several projects with the likes of Auntie Flo and Esa…
FONKODELIS ARKESTRA (UG)
FONKODELIS ARKESTRA (Uganda)
FONKODELIS ARKESTRA Presents: The Three Headed Drum
For the first time in over a decade, legendary Ugandan and world acclaimed percussionist Fonkodelis will perform on the world’s only three headed drum, which will be donated to the King of the Baganda Kingdom after the Festival. His Fonkoness will share traditional folk tales and futuristic sonic clairvoyance in a transcending experience.
BLESSED SAN (UG)
BLESSED SAN (Uganda)
One of the most versatile MCs in the region, The Mighty Blessed San has worked with various top producers in the world, Ancient Astronauts, Riddlore, Mungo’s HiFi amongst others, he combines his solo career with his band Jahliya and his an undisputable champion on the freestyle sessions of Kampala. Atomic energy to the fullest!!
LADY SLYKE (UG)
LADY SLYKE (Uganda)
The East African called her “The Queen of Hiphop”, Lady Slyke has been in the game since the age of 12, making a name for herself by battling out the illest male MCs on the scene, she is also the anchor of award winning hip-hop show Newzbeat. She performs along her husband producer DJ Nesta, and has worked with LA underground producer Riddlore. Pure Explosiveness!
YALLAH MC (UG)
YALLAH MC (Uganda)
Influenced by the Fugees and Queen Pen, she entered the hip-hop industry in Uganda in late 1999, as a pioneering female hip-hop artist, with most performances at DV8, a by then hang-out joint that became a launching-pad for many of Uganda’s music elite. She quickly rose to be one of the most prominent and recognized female emcees in Uganda. MC Yallah makes music that ministers to people’s souls. Her desire is to see the youths of this generation with integrity, being motivated to work, learn and be better leaders of tomorrow.