Representing Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi and currently living in Burlington, Vermont, A2VT synthesizes their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Their songs, performed in up to eight unique languages, reflect their journey from Africa to America, and celebrate the musical collision of two continents and the party that ensues!
Jilib - I was born in Jilib, Somalia, moved to Kenya in 2000 as a refugee of war, came to America in 2005, and now I live in Burlington, VT. I started being interested in music at age 10, singing along with artists like Salman Khan, Govinda and Cabdiqaadir Juba.
I graduated from BHS (Burlington High School). I always had the dream of recording in the studio and making music that makes people move and that also has a good message. I met George (MG Man) and David Cooper (producer) in 2007 and then later started A2VT. I sing and rap in English, Maay Maay, and Somali. My goal is to become a famous world artist, a man whose voice people love to listen to.
MG Man - Hi, my name is George. I was born in Tanzania, Africa. I came to the USA in 2007, and settled in Winooski, VT. I started singing when I was 15 or 16 years old. My goal is to be a successful recording artist and to teach music to kids. I like to sing in my language, Swahili, as well as in English and Kirundi. I am studying music theory and learning to play piano.
Special Guest:Meax - With roots stretching back to Burundi, Meax has been performing with A2VT for the past few years and is a recording artist in his own right. The multi-talented singer's voice can be heard on several tracks (in English, Kirundi) from A2VT's upcoming 2019 CD release.
Mr. Oli - With family roots from Mozambique and beyond, Mr. Oli has been dancing with A2VT since 2014. His languages include Swahili and Portuguese. He is also a singer/songwriter in his own right.
Fantome J - Oyintimikoru Joseph Couple', otherwise known as Fantone J, comes to us from Amassoma, Bayelsa, Nigeria and is of the Izon tribe. He sings, dances and is also a songwriter. TJ is currently attending University of Vermont.
Susmita Dhakal - Susmita is originally from Nepal. She has been dancing since she was 6 years of age and has been in the US since she was 11. She does Bollywood dance, Hip Hop, and contempemporary and African dance.
Lu Swag - Lu has been dancing with A2VT since 2014 and is also a singer/songwriter of his own material. Lu's languages include Maay Maay and Somali.