The "KRIATIV AKtivis', Randy McLaren, is on his first trip to the African continent. He will spend more than two weeks in Lusaka, Zambia, where he will appear as thefeatured performer from Jamaica at the Barefeet Festival.
While there, the dub/reggae poet will also carry out workshops on the use of the arts for advocacy and as a tool for realising positive change.
McLaren departed the island on wednesday, August 21, and will return on September 10.
"I am extremely excited about this adventure, which has been three years in the making. It has always been my dream to travel to the Motherland", declared the youth ambassador for culture.
"I am looking forward to sharing with the different audiences and especially the children and youth who will be present in their numbers throughout the festival."
McLaren is well knkown as the Creative Activist (Kriativ AKtivis) addressing different development issues in an engaging and entertaining manner. One of his most riveting presentations so far is Armadale: Children on Fire, which can be found on YouTube.
The Barefeet Festival, now in its seventh year, is organised by Barefeet Theatre, which workds with street children in Zambia by providing them with a creative space, a family and a place to call home.
Dubbed 'Roar', this year's festival will take over the streets and buildings of Zambia with fun and high energy.
The UNICEF-funded event provides a platform for young people to share their stories and shape their future. Several groups and individual artistes will be attending from the UK, Australia, Nigeria, as wel as other countries.
McLaren is a Branson Centre of Entrepreneurshilp-trained social and creative entrepreneur, who is on a mission to "entertain change", as he looks forward to learning as much as possible to share with his rebranded group upon returning to the island.
His journey will be documented online @RandyMcLarenRM (Twitter) and facebook.com/RandyMcLarenRM.