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 and making music that makes people move yet with a good message. I met George (Pogi) and David Cooper (producer) in 2007 and soon after started A2VT. I sing and rap in English, Maay Maay, and Somali.
Bembe - With family roots from Mozambique and beyond, Bembe has been dancing with A2VT since 2014. His languages include Swahili and Portuguese. He is also a singer/songwriter in his own right and can be seen in the videos for "Ghetto," "Faas Waa," 'Qoor Ingkaat" and "Wave Your Flag."
Special Guest:Meax - With roots stretching back to Burundi and Tanzania, 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 202 CD release, and is featured in the video for "Wave Your Flag."
DJ All Day - A recent addition to the A2VT family, DJ All Day has been performing with A2VT for the past summer season and moving forward.
Wanjanja Boys - Recently arrived from Burundi, these talented young guys found their way to us and have been performing with us since 2019! They can be seen in the video for "You Ma Numba 1."