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.
Pogi - 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 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, and in English and Kirundi as well. I am studying music theory and learning to play piano.
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 upcoming 2019 CD release, and is featured in the video for "Wave Your Flag."
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 and can be seen in the videos for "Ghetto," "Faas Waa," 'Qoor Ingkaat" and "Wave Your Flag."
King Janja - Olivier is originally from Congo, Mozambique and Tanzania. He has been dancing with A2VT since 2016 and can be seen in the videos for "Ghetto" and "Wave Your Flag and "Qoor Ingkaat."
King Bee 9 - A recent addition to the A2VT family, King Bee 9 comes to Vermont from Tanzania. He currently is a senior at Burlington High School. He can be seen in the video for "Qoor Ingkaat."
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."
Eric Barigiego - Eric's origins stretch back from Congo to Mozambique and Tanzania. He has been dancing with A2VT since 2018 and can be seen in the videos for "Ghetto" and "Wave Your Flag."
Xclipxe - Oyintimikoru Joseph Couple', otherwise known as Xclipxe, 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.