This year, OneBeat is taking the Pacific Northwest by storm (a very peaceful, musical storm), closing with a set of events in Seattle, November 4th-7th presented with the Office of Arts & Culture, Office of Film + Music and Compound. The OneBeat 25 artists from around the world will join Owuor Arunga, Draze, Naomi Wachira and other local artists for an unprecedented series of concerts and events celebrating music collaboration, and how music can help create more peaceful communities and a more just world. If you live in Seattle, or nearby, join us for these events! ONEBEAT:SEATTLE Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8pm: Columbia City Theater, Seattle, WA, $10 (Tickets Here) OneBeat South [Seattle]: OneBeat’s first public Seattle show launches in funky fashion with 25 musicians from 17 countries, and guest performances from Seattle’s Owuor Arunga (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Physics) and hip-hop artist Draze, at the historic Columbia City Theater. […]
OneBeat 2014 Mixtape has Dropped!
Come one come all and listen to the OneBeat 2014 Mixtape, a compilation of our favorite tracks produce at last year’s OneBeat. You’ll hear a beautiful Javanese/Appalachian Butterfly ballad, a rippin’ Russian accordion odyssey, a haunting South Africa Xhosa pastorale, a Mitya Burmistov (aka Masta Mic) electro-artpop remix of a live recording of Zimbabwean songstress Hope Masike, Askat Jetigan’s traditional Kyrgyz mountain tune meets the vocal stylings of Egypt’s Shereen Abdo, and Sandunes-mixed neo-soul house track featuring poet/MC Dhalak, and — need I say more? Stop whatever you’re doing and listen to this: Butterfly Song Anna Roberts-Gevalt (USA), Peni Candra Rini (Indonesia), Kyla-Rose Smith (South Africa), Neil Chua (Malaysia), Sara Lucas (USA) This fluttery song combines the musical imagination of Anna Roberts-Gevalt, a Baltimore-based old-time fiddler/guitarist/vocalist/shadow-puppeteer, and Javanese superstar songstress/composer Peni Chandrarini, as they weave a timeless song of love lost. Produced & Engineered by Sanaya Ardeshir Railyards X MITYA (Remix) Hope Masike (Zimbabwe), Blessing Chamanga (Zimbabwe), Haydée López Peña (Cuba) Remixed by OneBeat 2013 […]
Blinky Bill Launches his Solo Project
Producer and frontman for Just A Band, Bill Sellanga (2013), aka Blinky Bill, has recently launched a fresh solo project, and continues his collabs with Mitya Burmistov (Russia 2013). But this hasn’t taken any steam away from Just a Band, which just launched a track with Macklemore’s trumpeter Owuor Arunga. In addition to creating funky and heartbreaking music, and being a 2014 Ted Fellow and Red Bull Music Academy Fellow, Bill is a champion of emerging African art and innovation. As he describes in the OneBeat video “Blooming”: “I’m coming from a continent that has struggled, but also has a lot of victory and a lot of positive things, and a lot of forward-thinking minds. So that’s part of the narrative that I’m passionate about spreading with music.”
Anton Maskeliade (Russia 2012) is one the forefront of musicians who are using gesture control technology (think Playstation Kinect but artsy) to perform live electronic music. Recently named one of the featured artists on Ableton’s website, he is briefly interviewed on how he uses a LEAP Motion device combined with a few other devices to create sick beats on the fly. Anton also uses this technology to manipulate visuals in his performances, often linking specific visuals to different movements to create a complete show using the movement of his body.
Mpumelelo Mcata’s Black President
This February OneBeat 2013 Fellow & BLK JKS superstar Mpumi Mcata (South Africa 2013) traveled to the 65th annual Berlinale festival, where his debut film ‘Black Presidents,’ a collaboration with journalist and filmmaker Anna Teeman, made its world premiere. ‘Black Presidents’ follows the story of Zimbabwean artist Kudzunai Chiurai as he develops his newest art exhibit, called ‘State of the Nation.’ In Mpumi’s words: In this film we question the responsibility of African artists in an ever more globalized universe, where we maybe find ourselves “playing catch up” to the West as opposed to following our own paths. Are we victims of our past – forever beholden to our so called arrested development or is our superpower our burden? Will we ever be truly free to express without having to necessarily represent all our people in our every breath or is the need to be that kind of free simply […]
The Origin of the Street Studio
Before OneBeat came into being, Found Sound Nation led projects and collaborated with artists young and old, all over the world. In 2011, we were invited to the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland and asked to design a project that would better connect the festival to the Lucerne community. The result was our very first Street Studio, which follows a simple premise: Transport the basic elements of a music studio to a public place, and make the studio open and accessible to everyone in the local community, musicians and non-musicians alike. With a simple setup – a laptop, a couple of mics, midi controllers, and speakers – we invited passers-by and festival musicians to join in a music creation session that is completely improvised. The result was refreshing — playful, varied, singular tracks that incorporated the sounds & voices of an extremely diverse Lucerne community, and a newfound connection to this […]
What is OneBeat
OneBeat is a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Found Sound Nation, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music.