This summer OneBeat 2012 Fellow Helio Vanimal led the first installment of 1Beat Inhambane, an artist collective that brought together 10 young, talented musicians from around the Inhambane province of Mozambique to create original, collaborative music. Led by Helio and a team of six experienced musicians, composers and producers, 1Beat Inhambane is inspired by Helio’s fruitful experience collaborating with musicians from around the world in OneBeat 2012. The selected musicians of 1Beat Inhambane each brought their unique style and experience to the collective, resulting in a set of 15 original tunes, all relating to cultural life in the Inhambane province, that combine a pop sensibility with traditional Mozambican elements and a touch of electronics. In creating 1Beat Inhambane, Helio and his team aim to promote the talents of these musicians through performances, workshops, and an audio mixtape, one that they hope will help sustain the project by creating a potential source of funds for future endeavors. The first 1Beat Inhambane program, which was supported by the US Embassy in Maputo, coincided with the National Cultural Festival in August. The collective made their debut performance for thousands of people at the festival, which is organized by the Ministry of Culture to celebrate heritage and diversity in Mozambique. See more on YouTube and Facebook!
OneBeat 2015 Overview
This October, the adventurous music-based diplomacy program OneBeat returns for its fourth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world to the U.S. for one exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers, which can in turn cultivate an international network of sonic changemakers who can make a powerful impact on their local and global communities. Over the last three OneBeat programs, we have brought together 82 artists from 35 countries around the world, performed for over 14,000 fans, collaborated with students, organizers, and artists in schools and community groups in 17 cities across the US, and developed inventive models for engaging talented people around the globe in creative collaboration. Tour Details Our fellows will kick things off at the artist studios and villa […]
Blinky Bill x Kyla-Rose Smith
Bill Sellanga (a.k.a Blinky Bill) is a Nairobi-based producer and songwriter. The frontman of pioneering African indie group Just a Band, Blinky Bill has collaborated with Red Bull Music Academy and was recently named a TEDGlobal Fellow. Blinky Bill talks with Found Sound Nation’s Kyla-Rose Smith about working with video directors, Kenya’s underrated music scene and how going solo made him more collaborative. Check out the full interview on our Medium page.