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Pan-African Youth Empowerment Conference & Benefit Concert
Published March 27, 2006

The Sweet Mother Tour will host its first annual Conference & Benefit Concert at Harvard University.

On April 7-9 the Sweet Mother Tour (SMT), a global youth
movement with a mission to use the tools of popular culture to present
empowering images of Africa & the African Diaspora, will host its first
annual Conference & Benefit Concert at Harvard University entitled "Youth
and the New Pan-African Renaissance: Rebuilding Africa for the 21st
Century," in partnership with the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard and
student leaders from Harvard, UMass, Simmons and BU.

On Saturday April 8th the SMT will host a Benefit Concert featuring the
Diaspora Funk Movement (DFM) a project spearheaded by critically-acclaimed
Boston-based groups Soulf├Ęge ( and The Foundation Movement
( The founders of DFM have collaborated with such
renowned artists as Dead Prez, Bounty Killer and Bobby McFerrin and been
featured in such major outlets as the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, BBC
Worldservice Radio, BBC 1Xtra, S. Africa's Channel O and more. The DFM
aims to "reflect a positive vision of the world" and "to make music that
moves heart, body and soul and uplifts the spirit of people who hear it"
[November 29, 2005, Boston Herald].

Joining the DFM will be slam-poet Iyeoka (, featured on HBO's
Def Poetry Jam, and closing out the night from NY, DJs Fabian Alsultany and
Derek Beres of Globesonic Sound System ( - a DJ
triumvirate that has spun worldwide alongside such respected artists as
Yerba Buena, Antibalas, The Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai.

All proceeds from the SMT Benefit Concert will go to the Selula Sandla AME
Village, a home for HIV orphans in Swaziland; and Liberty Hall, the former
offices of Marcus Garvey, today a youth center teaching cultural literacy
and computer skills to children in the toughest ghettoes of Kingston

The SMT Benefit Concert will be broadcast live to a global audience at courtesy of Technology Sponsors: Heart In Action, Asita
Informatica Inc. and MidNet Inc. Concert details are below.

Please contact Kelley N. Johnson at or 617-492-3673
if you are interested in doing a story on the SMT or covering the Conference
& Benefit Concert taking place April 7-9. To learn more about the
international impact of the SMT visit .

Saturday, April 8th - 9pm-1am
The Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center (@ The Villa Victoria)
85 West Newton St.
Boston, MA 02118
$12 adv/ $15 door ($10 students/$5 w Conference Registration)
All ages (email for kids prices)

Proceeds benefit Selula Sandla Village for HIV Orphans (Swaziland)
Liberty Hall Youth Cultural Center (Jamaica)