So what is a Rockstar Diplomat? Anyone who uses cultural activities to engage with people from other countries.
Cultural activities have been used to foster relations between nations, people and organizations for thousands of years. Cultural Diplomacy is the art of influence through activities such as music, food, dance, and art.
You might have heard of the original “Jazz Ambassadors” of the Cold War Era: Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington playing concerts around the world. Showcasing a uniquely American type of music that was steeped in the history of Black America was a powerful shaper of global opinion regarding the United States at the time.
Rockstar Diplomat promotes music, travel and other cultural activities as tools for Cultural Diplomacy. My passion is helping fellow travelers to realize their potential as citizen diplomats and cultural ambassadors as they traverse the world. Check out videos of the Interviews and Jam Sessions I’ve had with international musicians and be sure to check the Blog for recent updates.Want to learn more on how to be a Rockstar Diplomat? Check out my advice for fellow travelers here.
This website combines my personal experiences as a traveling citizen diplomat with a program designed to facilitate Cultural Diplomacy between musicians. In addition to blogging about Cultural Diplomacy in travel and music, I produce short videos featuring musicians from other countries. The videos incorporate interviews and musical collaboration, offering insight into each artist’s cultural identity.