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Kenyan Nyatiti Player Rapasa Otieno selected for One Beat in the US

August 18, 2017 | Beth Achitsa | INDUSTRY NEWS

Kenyan Nyatiti Player Rapasa Otieno is among 25 artists selected for the one Beat 2017 fellows that will take place in Oregon, US.

Announcing the fellows the One Beat organizers said:”For our sixth iteration of the OneBeat program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, we’ve selected adventurous artists from over 1200 applicants worldwide, comprising 17 countries, from Brazil to Jordan to Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe.”

This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku Phiri; Aisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belarusian producer and singer Natallia Kunitskaya.

Rapasa Otieno is the sole East Africa representative at the fellowship that kicks off on September 20th and will see the fellows convene and spend two weeks at the Pacific Northwest’s Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. Kenyan vocalist and Nyatiti (lyre) player Rapasa has made a career out of his passion for the preservation of local indigenous music. An accomplished educator, Rapasa has partnered with nonprofit Ketebul Music as well as contemporary dance groups, art centers, schools and orphanages in and around Nairobi with the aim of imparting venerated cultural traditions to Kenyan youth

OneBeat brings together emerging musical leaders from around the world to collaboratively create original work and to develop a global network of civically engaged music initiatives. For the selected fellows after an intensive residency spent creating original music and developing exciting new global projects, they will embark on a socially-engaged performing and educational tour across the Mountain West and Great Plains, stopping in Boise, Idaho, Jackson, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado.

For more details visit the One Beat website.

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