Ryan Leslie is not your typical musician. An artist with a business mind and a deep entrepreneurial drive, his career approach has been anything but traditional. Leslie’s newest venture, however, is one of the most rewarding to date: he has teamed up with Live From The Republic, an organization which is launching an annual concert series that donates a portion of the proceeds back to the host nation. In the early stages of their partnership, LFTR offered Ryan the opportunity to travel to West Africa to meet the First Lady of Ivory Coast. Upon his return, he made it his mission to perform for the children that he met through her nonprofit foundation. Now, LFTR and Ryan are organizing his concert in Ivory Coast for the spring of 2014. They have already sold tour merchandise via an Indiegogo campaign and hosted a benefit concert in Washington DC to raise funds. Furthermore, with the help of a charitable donation from Coca Cola in the Ivory Coast, they have managed to raise enough money to be able to deliver one million dollars worth of medical supplies to Ivorian hospitals when Ryan performs there this spring.



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