OneBeat profiles Ruşen Can Acet, a kabak kemane player & mechanical engineer living in Istanbul, Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Ruşen led an instrument-building workshop with blind & sighted kids. All participants worked together to build and paint cajonitas, or small cajon drums, for each one of them to play and keep.
Istanbul Portrait: Jinda Kanjo
Jinda Kanjo is a vocalist originally from Kobanî, Syria and currently living in Mersin, Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Jinda led a workshop with displaced children from Syria, in partnership with Small Projects Istanbul. “I have been playing music since i was a child. I loved music so much, but also I wanted to study. Back then, I wanted to do something with my life. I completed primary education. I entered Conservatory and wanted to graduate from there. Then we came here (Mersin, Turkey). We fled because of the war. I couldn’t do anything about it. I could not finish my studies. The world’s common language is music. I think that children who are familiar with music and those who do not know music are not the same. Music creates a balance, a humbleness in their souls. By humbleness, i mean that music improves them. It broadens their horizons, it brings them to […]