OneBeat Global Festival returns with 25 musical artists from 19 countries

516 ARTS, Albuquerque’s Museum of Contemporary Art, is partnering with Found Sound Nation and the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Arts and Culture to present OneBeat X, a day-long music and entertainment festival. art at the Albuquerque Rail Yards on Saturday November 5th. The festival is the culmination of a residency in New Mexico for the unique music diplomacy program, OneBeat, which brings young musicians from around the world to the United States to collaboratively compose, produce and perform original music and develop social engagement strategies through music.

The upcoming event is reminiscent of the phenomenal music and arts event that 516 ARTS presented at the Albuquerque Rail Yards in 2014. The upcoming festival features visual art installations, interactive music, food trucks, beer from Tractor Brewing, and more. The lineup of live performances by OneBeat Fellows and guest artists includes acclaimed pan-Latin American band LADAMA, percussion ensemble Tigue, and a special collaboration between Nigerian guitarist Biodun Kuti and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart.

Over the past 10 years, OneBeat has grown from a residency and musical exchange in the United States to a constellation of programs and initiatives spanning 50 countries around the world. Among the returning residents who stood out this year were Ghanaian poet and spoken word artist, Poetra Asantewa; Kenyan DJ, producer and songwriter, Blinky Bill; award-winning Colombian percussionist, Jenn del Tambo; Warsaw-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Piotr Kurek; and impromptu gayageum player, Kyungso Park. Learn more about OneBeat Fellows at: 1beat.org/program/onebeat-x

Tickets are a minimum donation of $10. Get your tickets at 516arts.org.

William N. Fernandez