“Ellen Pakkies” – 2016 Mixtape Interview: Ama Diaka
“Music plays the role of the enforcer, the mediator, the peacemaker, and the highlighter of issues in affecting change in my society.” – OneBeat 2016 fellow Ama Diaka What inspired your words in the piece Ellen Pakkies? When and how did you write them? I wrote Ellen Pakkies after (bassist) Benjamin Jephta gave me a brief background of the story and sent the music he had composed to me. I did some research, watched the trial online and pretended to assume the identity of Ellen Pakkies to enable me write as though I were her. A brief description of the story: In 2007, Ellen Pakkies, a nurse and a mother, killed her 20 year old abusive tik-addicted son after 6 years of failing to get him off the drug. She went on trial, but wasn’t charged for murder because it was seen as an act of desperation. This piece has […]
OneBeat 2015 Portrait – Bajram Kafu Kinolli
Bajram Kafu Kinolli is a vocalist and singer-songwriter from Kosovo: “I do believe in non-formal education. I’m doing that back home also. In my country, I’m trying to build an association of musicians that can affect society in a political way, because i believe if you are not part of the system, you cannot change the system.” This is the 1st in our series of video portraits featuring our OneBeat 2015 Fellows.