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.
Bongeziwe Mbandla x Dahlak Brathwaite
Songwriter Bongeziwe Mbandla (OneBeat 2014) employs his self-styled “urban traditional African folk music” to artistically address issues of social inequality in both his home country of South-Africa and abroad. Hip-hop theater artist Dahlak Brathwaite (OneBeat 2014) combines his diverse creative inclinations with his passion for education through music and experimental theater. Dahlak Brathwaite: As I understand, your next project Mangaliso will be released through Universal. When I visited you in Johannesburg, you were getting ready for the release of the title track. It was a new direction for you and I was wondering what the reception has been from then until now? Bongeziwe Mbandla: We actually decided to use Mangaliso as the second single. The new single, Ndokulandela, just got released a few days ago, so it’s hard to say how it’s doing. I’m hoping by the time the album drops on the 12th of May, people will be familiar […]