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.
“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 […]