YES Academy KK & Penang

YES Acadamies in Borneo and in Penang w/ George Town Festival

American Voices hosted two exciting YES Academies Malaysia in June.  


From June 1-5, American Voices hosted its first YES Academy program in Bornoe.  Taking place in Kota Kinabalu (KK) on the island of Borneo. YES Hip Hop KK offered youth from Borneo, Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei classes on hip hop, breakdancing, DJing, beatboxing, graphic design and community leadership. 

Members of the HaviKoro Crew of Houston, Texas, including Yung Chris, Mario, Criket and Joe B, lead the hip hop and dance classes. The YES Academy KK hosted 75 youth from the regions of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Labuan. The program was co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and with support from local partners including Battle 21, The Rock School Musical Theatre, Music Mart and Malaysia Suzuki Association.

American Voices hosted a second series of YES Academy programs in Penang from June 7-17, in conjunction with the George Town Festival.   The George Town Festival is an annual cultural festival that celebrates George Town's addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. In Penang, we will held both a YES Hip Hop program with HaviKoro and a YES Academy Broadway.