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 Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.
Atlanta based singer/songwriter, Daryl Yahudy premiers his wonderful new song, "YOU". Originally from south Florida, Daryl's new music asks the Question; "What's your 'why' to what you do?". His Message is Simple; never give up and keep moving forward! A combination of spoken word poetry and an acoustic soulful blend are but a ways to describe this artistic musician. We're extremely excited about this African-American inspiration who's music has always been refreshing as it is amazing. Look out for Daryl's...
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama gave a very emotional speech for the last time as 'leader of the free world' on January 10th 2017 from his hometown in Chicago. His remarks on his legacy and commitment to his Family during these past 8-years in office was a warm reminder of how much this great leader will be missed and remembered. If you missed this passionate speech (for some odd reason), you can watch it in now it's entirely here.
The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies. YYAS brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and introduces them to the demanding U.S. university application process and requirements. YYAS is an official program of Yale University.
OneBeat, a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music are happy to announce that applications for OneBeat 2017 (their sixth year of the OneBeat international cultural exchange) are now open! Musicians between the ages of 19-35 years who live and work in any of the following countries are eligible to apply:
Atlanta born rapper and Pan-African Youth Advocate, Psychogen (real name: Brian Anderson Williams) releases this very powerful hip hop tune that talks about the discrimination and pain people of color go through daily in the United States of America. Psychogen is joined by Bliss, JTG and Dolla on this track, produced by Debars. Love hip hop? Love Africa? Love America? Love Hip Hop, Africa and America?! Or simply love good music? Well if you do, this song is perfect for you. Listen as Psychogen reels out this poetic reality of life in America as a 21st Century Pan-African Youth.
President-elect Donald J. Trump on December 3rd, 2016 appointed Nigerian-born 63-year old Adebayo Ogunlesi as part of a 16-man economic advisory team. Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi is the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of America's famous 'Fortune 500 companies'. Serving as the only African on President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, Mr. Adebayo Ogunlesi is one of America's most respected and successful business leaders.
Italian female journalist, filmmaker and Friend of Music Unites Africa, Vanessa Crocini captures a revolutionary moment in human history in this captivating short video of the Los Angeles Protest against President-elect Donald J. Trump on November 12th, 2016. Follow Vanessa Crocini on her website www.vanessacrocini.com to see more of her award-winning films/documentaries and exclusive footage.
When American Billionaire Donald J. Trump was declared the winner of the U.S. elections over the Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton, all hell seemed to break lose. Fear was the order of the day and even as this writer writes this disturbing article, protesters are still marching the streets of American cities protesting against President-elect Donald Trump and his recent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, a right-wing media provocateur as senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist of the White House. Many see Bannon's appointment as Trump's embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon. But maybe...just maybe President-elect Trump isn't such a bad thing as compared to "life in the free world" under Hillary Clinton. The chilling/alarming video below is a short clip about Hillary Clinton's role model; a woman she strongly admires and looks up to, Margaret Sanger.
Adrienne Brown is a phenomenal neo-soul singer, songwriter and dancer from the United States with a history of Pan-Africanism and African solidarity among African-American youths. She is a community developer and a strong advocate for empowering women (in Africa and around the world). Here's Adrienne's new single titled "Don't Delay" featuring Swayyvo.
Darrell McClover, a former Professional Athlete in the NFL has had a Love for Music and Creativity from an early Age. It takes certain things to be taken away and removed out of your life in order for you to really find your true meaning. As a spoken word poet, Singer/Songwriter, Daryl has found that writing is an art-form of expression. It's a way to engage an audience and relay a message that can resonate for decades. When true Passion and creativity meet, you get an artist like Daryl Yahudy. His Unique style captivates his listeners with every word right until the end. A Combination of Spoken word Poetry and a Acoustic soulful blend is a way to describe this inspirational Artiste. Inspired by the very Words of YAHUAH, Daryl seeks to please Him in everything he does.
For "Blowing Smoke," a song which reminds us that self-inspiration is perfectly natural, Carolyn Malachi releases visuals inspired by family gatherings, hand dancing and natural hair. Blowing Smoke appears on RISE - Chapter 1: Where You Are - EP (available on Spotify, Google Play, iTunes & AppleMusic)
How are you enjoying the scripture challenge so far? I pray those of you who joined in are allowing the message of Yahuah to make an imprint on your heart. For myself, Psalms 27:14 turned into more than just a scripture challenge. Yahuah gave me a new song to share with you, and it’s called “Strengthen Your Heart.” I pray that you will allow the message to resonate inside your being. As you wait on Yahuah, let his Word run deep so that He can strengthen your heart. Enjoy the new song in the video below. I’ll be heading into the studio this fall to record my 3rd album since launching Set Apart Heart. If you’d like to make a donation to the project, your love gifts are always welcome. I know some of you do give from time to time even without me asking, and I appreciate you all so much. May Yahuah continue to make you glad and may He forever strengthen your heart. If you enjoyed this song, leave a comment below. Talk soon!
Good morning Africa! That's what Gift Reynolds - God in the Streets (Prod. by De-Capo Music Group) feels like whenever we watch this African-American inspired-type video. Curtis Lee Reynolds was born to be a star. Growing up a student of the streets on Detroit’s west side, he definitely was no stranger to the streets. As a teenager he was known as a the guy most likely to succeed however he still was not immune to the mentality that plagued his neighborhood and like many of his friends he took to the streets. Gift realized that he wanted to make some changes in his life and head in a new direction with his future. He also realized that writing and acting provided a type of therapy for him and that it was a positive outlet for him.
Definitive Soul Music Group artist Psychogen has released this poetically-inspired music video titled “Kelly Green”; a single from his upcoming EP “317 Grace 2”. The song was written and recorded in January of 2016. This song quickly became a personal favorite to Psychogen. This video contains a nature-like experience that allows users to adjust to each sequence. DJ Kidd Styles and Georgiaboyfilms have teamed up with Psychogen on many visuals in the past. Psychogen continues to embrace his African heritage through his music
Psychogen, an African-American rapper from Atlanta releases this dope hip hop tune titled Katana. This Asian-like trap-beat was produced by Nick Miraj and is filled with metaphorically-laced hardcore lyrics to get that head of yours throbbing. Psychogen is a key-figure in Music Unites Africa's Diaspora community. He's one of America's rising stars and his embrace for Pan-Africanism and everything African sets him apart from his contemporaries. Psychogen is a phenomenal talent poised to take the American music industry and the world alight with his electric style of music. He's one of our favorite Pan-African rappers and will feature in Music Unites Africa's African Heritage Music Concert - AHMC.
The Heatmakerz is a hip-hop production duo, started by Rsonist originally from Kingston, Jamaica, now living in New York. The duo, consisting of Rsonist and Thrilla, rose to fame after providing beats to various releases of The Diplomats. The bulk of albums like Diplomatic Immunity and Juelz Santana's debut From Me to U were produced by The Heatmakerz. Their production style is based upon hard equalized snares and kicks, strong bass lines, strong hi-hats, snares and often sped-up soul samples. To this day, the Heatmakerz still use the same style of production. Timothy Hodge made an appearance on Beat Bangerz alongside Rsonist.
American billionaire and presumptuous republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump may not necessarily have the convincing support-base from the black communities in America and around the world but he is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the forthcoming general elections in the United States against former First Lady and former Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton. His thought provoking rhetoric and uncontrolled outbursts have captured headlines worldwide drawing strong criticisms from opposition members and even members of his own political party, the RNC. For those of us living here in Africa, what effect does this whole "telemundo-like" saga of an election have on us and what do we as Africans and as Africa stand to gain if either candidates reach the White House come November 2016?
Lytes Edison, a sublime lyricist and battle-rapper from Denva - Colorado releases this hot-new record to boast and Bragg about the Power Moves he's made despite all the odds against this multi-talented Pan-African American musician. Having perfected the art 'n craft of being able to express his real life through his music, Lytes sheds light on the power moves he's making to advance his music career and to establish himself as a prominent rapper and music-business mogul in the American music industry.