ECA’s OneBeat Program Launches Podcast featuring Global Musicians and Cultural Leaders

April 2, 2021

On April 6, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) signature music exchange program OneBeat will launch a new podcast series highlighting conversations with musicians and artist leaders around the globe. The series, The OneBeat Podcast: Listen Local. Hear Global, will feature one-on-one interviews and discussions with artists who are engaging their communities through music in an impactful way. The inaugural episode will introduce OneBeat to the world, including how it was created and its mission and philosophy. Listeners will also meet the various stakeholders who play a role in making OneBeat happen, as well as prominent alumni.

A new episode will be released each month starting in April and will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify.

Episode 2-May 6, 2021

Justin Harrington: This candid conversation dives into the richness and diversity of Black culture through the lens of the banjo-playing hip-hop artist, Justin Harrington (Demeanor). In the episode, Justin breaks down the influences that have shaped his musical expression, from the African akonting to Kendrick Lamar, and he shares how the BLM Movement has impacted his life and work as a community leader in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Episode 3- June 6, 2021

Daniela Serna: This episode takes us to Colombia, where we have the pleasure of talking to Daniela Serna - feminist, activist, cultural producer and founding member of the celebrated band LADAMA. Dani takes us on her musical journey from being a shy girl with a bell, to travelling to the pacific coast of Colombia and immersing herself in the music of that region. In this journey, she finds her own voice as a musician, and as a woman, and then creates spaces for others to do the same.

Episode 4-July 6, 2021

Ng Chor Guan: In this episode, we meet composer, theremin player and time traveler through sound, Ng Chor Guan. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Guan talks to us about the human imagination, infinite possibility, and the magic of traveling sonically through space and time.

*Please check social media accounts below for schedule updates.

OneBeat, was developed by ECA in collaboration with Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. Through a suite of programs designed to use collaborative music creation to promote civic discourse, young musicians explore how artists, institutions and communities can work together to rejuvenate local economies and promote civic engagement through music, technology, and the creative arts. To learn more about the program please visit

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