OneBeat Mixtape 2016


Pioneering Brooklyn collective Found Sound Nation (FSN) is proud to present our fifth annual OneBeat Mixtape, showcasing an exciting sampling of artists on the rise and eclectic sounds from across the globe. From the opening track, a song that is delivered by Algerian vocal sensation Amel Zen, accompanied by a Kyrgyzstani kyl kiak and Zimbabwean hosho, we find ourselves in a swirl of brooding yet vivid beats, lamentations, and ruminations, sprinkled with the joyful sounds of duets by surprising instrumental pairings (a tabla and a Colombian tiple, a Tunisian ney and a Russian gusli!).

Two very distinct tracks, both written in the cozy library space at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, celebrate the prose of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Later in the mix, we hear the incredibly heartbreaking story of Ellen Pakkies, musically imagined by South African bassist Benjamin Jephta, and narrated by Ghanaian spoken word artist Ama Diaka (Poetra Asantewa), followed by the vibrant music of Colombia’s Llanos Orientales region, expertly delivered by two virtuosic musicians, Bogota-based tiple player Diego Bahamon and New Orleans native Martin Masakowski. We hear the bold and striking vocals of Grace Love, a Seattle-based singer, along with Rosie Tucker, the fearless Californian front woman of all female post-rock group Gypsum, and MCs Ricardo Nigaglioni and Kamerum al Akademico, as they sound a resonant plea in the track Listen. We also get a chance to hear the brilliance of some of the young artists we encountered during OneBeat 2016, in the tracks Whose World Is This and Make it to the Top, produced and recorded at New Orleans hip-hop artist Mr. Serv-On’s studios and written in collaboration with youth from Silence is Violence, a program that works towards a safe and equitable New Orleans. OneBeat and its ever-growing network of global musicians continue to establish cross-cultural connections, delivering music that evokes a profound sense of origin while conjuring a thrilling collective and unifying new musical horizon.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.


Queen of the Desert

Amel Zen (Algeria) – Vocals
Iskander Dridi (Tunisia) – Ney
Othnell Moyo (Zimbabwe) – Percussion, Vibraphone
Kirby Chipembere (Zimbabwe) – Hosho, Vocals
Felipe Jose (Brazil) – Guitar, Flute
Ezgi Elkirmis (Turkey) – Percussion
Emil Ishen (Kyrgyzstan) – Temir Komuz, Komuz, Kyl Kiak
Rosie Tucker (USA) – Vocals

Engineering and Mixing by Jeremy Thal
Final Mix & Master by Cherif Lmc and Yanis Djama at Tahat Art Studio (Algiers, Algeria)


Zora (Taal Piece)

Marina Sobyanina (Russia) – Vocals
Mukta Raste (India) – Tabla
Gideon Crevoshay (USA) – Vocals
Rosie Tucker (USA) – Vocals
Amy Garapic (USA) – Vibes
Jennifer Ellis (USA) – Harp

Engineered and Mixed by Chris Botta



Grace Love (USA) – Vocals
Felipe Jose (Brazil) – Electric Guitar
Ezgi Elkirmis (Turkey) – Percussion

Engineered and Mixed by Chris Botta



Kirby Chipembere (Zimbabwe) – Vocals, Mbira
Luisa Puterman (Brazil) – Keyboard
Kyla-Rose Smith (South Africa) – Violin
Elena Moon Park (USA) – Violin
Felipe Jose (Brazil) – Cello

Produced by Luisa Puterman
Engineered and Mixed by Chris Botta


Ellen Pakkies

Ama Diaka (Ghana) – Spoken word
Benjamin Jephta (South Africa) – Piano
Martin Masakowski (USA) – Upright Bass
Houyem Ghattas (Tunisia) – Violin
Marina Sobyanina (Russia) – Vocals
Jennifer Ellis (USA) – Harp
Amy Garapic (USA) – Percussion

Written by Benjamin Jephta and Ama Diaka
Engineered and mixed by Chris Botta



Diego Bahamon (Colombia) – Tiple
Martin Masakowski (USA) – Upright Bass

Written by Juan Sossa
Engineered by Griffin Rodriguez


City You Dreamed

Rosie Tucker (USA) – Vocals, Electronics

Written by Rosie Tucker
Engineered and mixed by Jacob Blumberg and Chris Botta

La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin (Debussy)

Pavel Lukoyanov (Russia) – Gusli
Jennifer Ellis (USA) – Harp

Written by Claude Debussy



Grace Love (USA) – Vocals
Benjamin Jephta (South Africa) – Electric Bass
Rosie Tucker (USA) – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Wu Siou Ming (Taiwan) – Electronics
Ricardo Nigaglioni (USA) – Vocals
Kamerum el Akademico (Cuba) – Vocals
Jennifer Ellis (USA) – Harp

Engineered by Griffin Rodriguez



Tritha Sinha (India) – Vocals, Electric Guitar
Denis Kudryavcev (Belarus) – Acoustic Guitar
Amy Garapic (USA)- Drums

Engineered and mixed by Chris Botta


Tahet el Yasmina (recorded live)

Iskander Dridi (Tunisia) – Ney
Pavel Lukoyanov (Russia) – Gusli

Written by El Hedi Jwini
Engineered by Jacob Blumberg



Rosie Tucker (USA) – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Ama Diaka (Ghana) – Spoken word, Vocals
Benjamin Jephta (South Africa) – Bass

Engineered and Mixed by Chris Botta



Diego Bahamon (Colombia) – Tiple
Mukta Raste (India) – Tabla

Written by Daniel Saboya
Engineered and Mixed by Chris Botta


Make It To The Top

This track was written in collaboration with young artists from the Silence is Violence program ( in New Orleans, LA:
Josh Ebbs – Rap
J Learec – Voice

Jennifer Ellis (USA) – Harp
Benjamin Jephta (South Africa) – Electric bass, Keyboards
Mr. Serv On – Music Direction

Engineered and Produced by Jeremy Thal


Friendship Ring (recorded Live)

Grace Love (USA) – Vocals
Denis Kudryavcev (Belarus) – Guitar

Recorded by Jacob Blumberg