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Last Thursday, Irving Plaza was taken over by Visit Brussels in celebration of their 13th annual Brussels Days. With attendees including the Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region Rudi Vervoort, the showcase set out to foster commercial, political, and cultural ties between NYC and Brussels through music. The free event featured headlining act Young M.A alongside hip-hop artists from Belgium Veence Hanao and Stikstof.

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The night was hosted by NYC-based multimedia personality Hala Maroc. It was unlike any other event I have been to at Irving Plaza. The third floor of the venue was transformed into a mini version of Brussels with an open bar and Belgian food.

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Young M.A stole the night with her slick, hard-hitting hits such as “OOOUUU” and “Praktice.” The Brooklyn-bred rapper/entrepreneur is preparing for the release of her debut album Herstory in the Making, and she gave us a preview of what to expect. Young M.A commanded the crowd with her badass presence.

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 Take a listen to the artists here:

Young M.A

Veence Hanao 



Photography by Jeff Weller Photography

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Janeth Ann Gonda is currently the events and promotions manager at BUST Magazine, a singer, dancer, writer, and event planner living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently the lead singer in the Gypsy Witch Rock Band Espejismo. After working in the Brooklyn music industry for several years she created her own event space Barranquilla Studios. Janeth has hosted hundreds of bands and fans alike and is an active member in the NYC music community.