Hope Masike, Blessing Chimanga Make Fellows For US’s OneBeat Initiative
Two of Zimbabwe’s rising stars in music Hope Masike and Blessing Chimanga will this northern fall take part in the OneBeat fellowship in the United States.
According to its website:
OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.
Bled, as Chimanga is affectionately called along with Masike will join 23 artists from all over the world on this initiative which include a two-week musical residency at Montalvo Center for the Arts, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains near San Jose, CA. There OneBeat Fellows will form creative ensembles to invent new musical works, record and produce tracks in custom-built mobile studios, design public engagement workshops, and meet with social entrepreneurs in nearby Silicon Valley.
This will be followed by concert dates towards the end of October. During that tour they will not only collaborate with local artists as well.
Blessing is a drummer, mbira player and vocalist while Hope is a mbira player, vocalist and percussionist.
We wish them all the best.