Jinda Kanjo is a vocalist originally from Kobanî, Syria and currently living in Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Jinda led a workshop with displaced children from Syria, in partnership with Small Projects Istanbul.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Dahlak Brathwaite x Kyla Rose Smith
Dahlak Brathwaite (OneBeat 2014) is a hip hop artist using his abilities as a musician, actor, poet and educator within the transformational space of the theater. Kyla-Rose Smith (OneBeat 2014) is a Brooklyn/Cape Town-based violinist and organizer and a long-time member of legendary South African band Freshly Ground. Fellow-to-Fellow is an ongoing interview series featuring in-depth discussions between OneBeat alumni. *This interview was transcribed from audio. . Kyla-Rose Smith: Hi Dahlak! Dahlak Brathwaite: Are we on? KRS: We’re on! So why do you think it is important for people from different cultures to share an experience through music? DB: I think music gives us the opportunity to communicate sonically without it having to be quite understood. It leaves the potential for interpretation — in the way we are communicating, the gap between interpretation and expression is a little bit smaller. The potential of this process without the limitations of common language I think can be even […]
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 […]