In April 2013, I had the opportunity to accompany the Hawaiian slack key guitar ensemble Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson, with Moanalani Beamer, as tour manager as the group toured Brazil with the U.S. Department of State's American Music Abroad program. 

In "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, And The New Muslim Youth Culture", Hisham Aidi examines the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the globe. 

His book takes us on a musical tour from hip-hop in Brazilian favelas to Gnawa-reggae in North Africa. Aidi highlights the U.S. State Department’s use of hip-hop as a diplomatic tool, sending hip-hop envoys to Muslim countries around the world. 

Imagine if you’d heard all your life that your relatives were musicians, then one day you find out your grandfather and his brother were, say, Simon and Garfunkel.