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 2014 Final Reflections
From the wooded Northern California coast to the welcoming Los Angeles metropolis — from the magical Arizona desert to a packed old Albuquerque rail yard and the surrounding New Mexico vistas — 2014 OneBeat was made for you and me (sorry couldn’t resist). The 25 Fellows brought their unique blend of musical stylings and socially engaged strategies to communities across the West and Southwest, and were gifted by incredible support, enthusiasm, and encouragement along the way. They met an inspiring array of artists, students, teachers, and community members; taught workshops, led panel discussions; performed in rock clubs, art galleries, and open-air amphitheaters; and made lasting connections that span the globe. Hear more about the experience of our OneBeat 2014 Fellows in these interviews, filmed during our final days of the program in the beautiful desert of northern New Mexico.
Mixtape Interview: Bajram Kafu Kinolli
“I once had a great family / The Black Legion murdered them / Come with me, Roma from all the world” — OneBeat 2015 Fellow, Bajram Kafu Kinolli As a “Roma” Means Human [Translation] I went, I went on long roads I met happy Roma O Roma, where do you come from, With tents happy on the road? O Roma, O Romani youths! I once had a great family, The Black Legion murdered them Come with me, Roma from all the world For the Roma, roads have opened Now is the time, rise up Roma now, We will rise high if we act O Roma, O Romani youths! Open, God, White doors So I can see where are my people. Come back to tour the roads And walk with happy Roma O Roma, O Romani youths! Up, Romani people! Now is the time Come with me, Roma from all the world […]