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.”
Ruşen Can Acet Portrait
OneBeat profiles Ruşen Can Acet, a kabak kemane player & mechanical engineer living in Istanbul, Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Ruşen led an instrument-building workshop with blind & sighted kids. All participants worked together to build and paint cajonitas, or small cajon drums, for each one of them to play and keep.