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My trip to Malaysia

26 Nov

Greetings Fremily
I recently had the honour of being one of the featured Speakers of an International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT2015) which took place in Malaysia. I spoke on how I use Hip Hop music to engage young people in schools and shared some of my practices with close to 1200 teachers from the South East Asia region. I also had a performance which was dubbed “An Evening With Breis”. People from the conference had to book tickets in advance and before the actual day, tickets had SOLD OUT! I had a sold out show in Malaysia yo, how crazy is that?! The intimate show (of about 200 people) was heart warming. The love and energy in the room was palpable. I performed songs from The Brilliant EP as well as my latest single, The Right Person. Other speakers from the UK included award winning storyteller, Jan Blake. Author/poet and a new friend of mine, Paul Cookson. And the lady who stole my heart, the legendary Valerie Bloom. I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect being in a very conservative environment and being the only “Hip Hopper” in the midst of Professors and other academics, however people were curious about how Hip Hop could be used within education and were very friendly throughout the conference even before I had my talk. I had some great feedback after my talk, teachers got a lot from what I had to share and it was evident that they all just wanted me to perform more of my songs. Malaysia is such a beautiful place, the people are warm and oh my gosh the food is incredible. I also travelled to Kuala Lumpar on my last day there and met up with some connects. That trip was definitely a game changer for me. Not only did it remind me the importance of what I do as an artist and educator but it also gave me the opportunity to break bread with fellow creatives who’ve been in the game longer than me. The event appeared in a Malaysian publication too, view it here.

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