Welcome Reception for Maimouna Youssef and Friends Group

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, Laura F. Dogu
Managua, November 9, 2016

Good evening everyone.  I am happy to have you here tonight with us.  We have invited you to welcome the group of famous musicians from my country, Maimouna Youssef and Friends.

Maimouna Youssef was nominated for a Grammy in 2007.  Her friends are Amber Harmon, Eric Parker, Jabari Exum, and John Pollard.  They have come to Nicaragua to carry out an artistic campaign about an issue that is in the interest of everyone here today, gender violence.

They give workshops and conferences to educational institutions to empower young people of limited resources.  They focus on diverse social issues like gender violence and culture of equality.  This is the reason   the Embassy invited them to Nicaragua to collaborate with us.

They are carrying out this artistic campaign through November 14 with workshops and concerts including one in Managua.  The campaign will be supported by famous Nicaraguan musicians such as Mario Sacasa, and his band, and Guillermo Norory from the Momotombo band.  Also accompanying Maimouna Youssef and Friends will be youth from Trascender, an organization directed by Mauricio Sandino, and other allied organizations that work hip hop culture in marginalized neighborhoods.

So we welcome Maimouna Youssef and Friends who will share a song with us.

Thank you.

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