On Sunday, 12 February the BaliSpirit Festival hosted the first in a series of community outreach events scheduled for 2012: “Hip Hop Beats 4Life,” a drum workshop and evening of hip hop performances was lead by Tariq Snare, resident drummer for the Muslim hip hop group Native Deen and former backing musician for such legendary artists as Queen Latifah, Cool and the Gang, Bell Biv DeVoe, and many others. Over 100 people—local amateur and professional musicians, as well as several young aspiring drummers aged 8-16—participated in the workshop. Members of the community organization Bali Extreme Drummers and the local hip hop collective Aerial Crew were among those in attendance. The workshop was followed by performances with Tariq, American Hip Hop artist PitchBlackGold (aka Kamau Abayomi), and SnapBack, as well as breakdancing performances by members of Bali-based Dewata Hip Hop. The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the United States and Serambi Arts Antida, Denpasar.