In the spring of 2014, OneBeat 2012 Fellow Helio Vanimal took cues from the OneBeat program model to launch OneBeat Inhambane in Mozambique, with support from the US Embassy in Maputo. Helio and his team selected 10 young professional musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds from around Inhambane to collaborate together on original recordings, perform, and conduct workshops. Led by a team of experienced Inhambane-based musicians, the groups performed at the Provincial and National Festivals in Mozambique, produced an album of original music, and continue to collaborate together today.
OneBeat 2016: Zvinorema
“… that is why people enjoy performances, because your mind is put at ease. You’re taken on a journey of your own emotions — not the emotions of the singer or instrumentalist, because the singer or instrumentalist is just connecting with what you’ve got in you — so when that happens, you find peace for a while.” — Kirby Chipembere, OneBeat 2016 “Zvinorema” is a Shona word which connotes hardness, heaviness and burden. Perhaps fittingly, its exact meaning is “difficult” to translate admits Zimbabwean singer and OneBeat 2016 fellow Kirby Chipembere. Searching for a desolate location to record the song while on tour with OneBeat, Kirby settled on the frame of an abandoned structure in Southwest Chicago. A formidable dancer and choreographer in Harare, Kirby performs “Zvinorema” here nearly motionless in this industrial space, singing of a protagonist faced with hardships that “the world doesn’t understand and will never appreciate”. “Zvinomera” was created as a […]