Edward Ramirez has been enjoying great success playing cuatro with a number of projects in Venezuela and beyond, including being named 2015 Artist of the Year by the Pepsi Music Awards. Since OneBeat, Edward has released two solo albums, “Parroquia” and “Cuatro, Maraca y Buche” (which also features OneBeat 2013 alum and maraca player Manuel Rangel). Edward’s band, C4 Trio, has received two Latin Grammy nominations and a Latin Grammy win for sound engineering, and the group has just released a 10th year anniversary DVD with an impressive array of special guests. Last year, Edward and 2013 alum Manuel Rangel toured around Venezuela, performing at schools, bars, and venues in 20 different towns. Edward has recently started a new project of “joropo tuyero”, a traditional kind of joropo music from the middle region of Venezuela, with talented singer Rafael Pino and OneBeat honorable mention Orestes Gomez. Edward says, “I love the idea of sharing my music and my culture with people of different beliefs. To bring the cuatro a small instrument that symbolizes my entire culture, to other people, is really empowering.” Enjoy this music video of C4 Trio set on a beautiful rooftop in Venezuela, along with more tracks from Edward’s soundcloud page.
OneBeat Echoes – LADAMA
LADAMA is comprised of five alumni of OneBeat 2014 & 2013: Lara Klaus (Recife, Brazil), Daniela Serna (Bogota, Colombia), Maria Gonzalez (Barquisimento, Venezuela), Sara Lucas (Brooklyn, USA), and Aurora Nealand (New Orleans, USA). The project’s goal is to encourage women and girls to engage in the art and business of making music by focusing on personal projects in music, and ultimately to empower and reclaim creative ownership for women and adolescent girls. The team’s hope is that participants in the LaDaMa project will be inspired to seek positions as creative leaders and educators, encourage other girls and women to chart a course in life that challenges traditional gender roles, and express their humanity and social entrepreneurship in community building through music. LADAMA has performed and lead creative workshops in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela. In spring 2016, the collective will convene in New York for a residency at National Sawdust, sharing their music […]