Photography by Hannah Devereux
Poetra Asantewa x Black Girls Glow
Ama Asantewa Diaka (Poetra Asantewa) is a rising star of the Ghanaian music and spoken word scene. Based in Accra, her deft lyricism and pointed social critiques, often paired with silky neo-soul beats, has attracted an international following; recently, her work has been presented by theGoethe-Institut Ghana and profiled by the BBC World Service. Check out the full article on our Medium page.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Youmna Saba x Kyla-Rose Smith
Youmna Saba (OneBeat 2012) is a Beirut-based oud player, vocalist and scholar. Kyla-Rose Smith (OneBeat 2015) is a Brooklyn/Cape Town-based violinist and organizer. Fellow-to-Fellow is an ongoing interview series featuring in-depth discussions between OneBeat alumni. ** Kyla-Rose Smith: What were some of your strongest musical experiences collaborating with musicians from other cultures? Youmna Saba: I was able to ask Kyungso Park from South Korea, ‘what mode are you playing in, let me try this on my oud’, or listen to Sayak Barua‘s ornamentation on the Indian sarode and try to incorporate them in my musical phrases. I had the opportunity to recite spoken rhythmic patterns with Aditi Bhagwat (stumbling upon the syllables when the tempo got too fast). I discussed conceptual compositions with electronic producer Wei Wei from Beijing and turned my old Nokia into an instrument. I got to try Piotr Kurek‘s weird machines and have an impromptu performance using a pseudo-toy keyboard. KRS: What drives your own music-making? Why or how is collaboration important for you […]
Mixtape Interview: ETYEN
“’If We Could Only See’ mirrors the progression of our 4-weeks: moving from the peacefulness of the OneBeat residency to being on the road, where time suddenly started passing by fast and everything was coming to an end. Albeit a beautiful one.” — OneBeat 2015 Fellow, Samer Chami a.k.a ETYEN You’ve spent time working as a producer in London, as well as the United States. How has your time abroad shaped your approach to beat making? Every time I travel and take part in musical endeavors I return to Beirut with a fresh outlook on life, music and what I want to achieve. Everything gets thrown into question. You meet people and musicians from such completely different walks of life, each with their own musical journey and ambitions. It’s truly inspiring and at the same time it always makes me reassess my approach to music making. Each of these experiences allows me to mature as a music […]