OneBeat Global Musicians Share Cultural Heartbeat With Atlanta

International artists create global community through collaboration and outreach.

When was the last time your world view was expanded by hearing a Mongolian yatga (traditional plucked zither) played? A Zimbabwean mbira? A Nepalese music composition?

For international music that informs and educates as it inspires and entertains, attend one or all four OneBeat performances coming to Atlanta and East Point (a suburb of Atlanta), Oct. 2-5. Twenty-five exceptional musicians from 17 nations perform inventive, collaborative works as part of the OneBeat cultural exchange initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with productions by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. Each performance or event tells a unique story from participants’ perspectives.

Performances will take place:

Oct. 2 at 8 pm, ArtsXChange, East Point

Oct. 3 at 7 pm, Grocery on Home, Atlanta

Oct. 4 at 6 pm, The High Museum, Atlanta

Oct. 5 at noon, Community Day at ArtsXChange, East Point

Among the artists are Zimbabwean singer-songwriter and mbira player Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu; Indian classical violinist and vocalist Shruti Bhave; Mongolian yatga player Oyuntuya Enkhbat; Algerian multi-instrumentalist Chakib Bouzidi; Indonesian vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Rayhan Sudrajat; Russian flute player and vocalist Sasha Elina and Colombian percussionist Jenn del Tambó.

Musicians (OneBeat Fellows) will spend a week in Atlanta in residence at the ArtsXchange Community Cultural Center. Attend their free Beat-making Workshop, 2-4 pm Oct. 2 and their Mixer and Community Jam, 8-10 pm Oct. 2. Their residency will conclude with a day of public interactive events, including music-making stations, instrument-building workshops and a performance. Artists also will perform at the DIY venue Grocery on Home and at the High Museum of Art for their First Fridays series.

OneBeat alumni form a global network of more than 200 musicians who have created projects addressing major issues facing their communities, including women’s empowerment, youth engagement, entrepreneurism and conflict resolution. OneBeat alumni have become TED Fellows, created Senegal-based hip-hop education program Sunu Kaddu, established Maskeliade Music School in Moscow, formed the chart-topping pan-Latin band LADAMA and designed the sonic exchange project Hear Be Dragons. Alumni projects have reached more than 400,000 audience members and 20,000 youth participants worldwide.

For more event information, visit https://1beat.org/#events

Lynn Waalkes
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