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OWB 2005 Global Festival News

The Global Music Festival 2005 is fast approaching and concerts are in the works in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, Uganda, Wales, and Zimbabwe. The response from artists and volunteers has been great and many new musicians have joined us! This year's events will focus on education for youth affected by HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty, and natural disasters. For our Beat the Wave tsunami-relief project, donations will go to Save the Children, and for our Give A Child A Chance project, funds will go to Outside the Dream (paying school expenses for HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda and India) and Liberation Through Education (providing education for children in Haiti). For more info see,, and

In addition, we have created an exciting new project--Drumming in One World Beat--which will unite the world in one hour of drumming on March 19th-20th, from 5-6pm EST-USA. For more on this see the Event page...

We are currently talking to the UK-based organization,, about making a film featuring One World Beat and its great volunteer efforts. Our worldwide project has grown incredibly through the dedicated work of coordinators and artists around the globe, and capturing this on film will allow us to approach international TV networks and music stations to spread our message of music making a difference. An OWB compilation CD is also being discussed (with sales to benefit our designated charities), and our first OWB Radio show will be appearing soon, featuring interviews and music from the many talented and caring performers who have signed up for the festival.


We have a number of musicians and partners returning for a second or third year: Thirst, Amy Antin, Miss Behavin', and the String Art Band in Germany; Concerts4Charity, World Talent Quest, Northern Michigan University students, and Hamptons Entertainment Group in the USA; England's youngest rock band, Dilemma, and the Boxford Fleece Jazz Club in the UK; Soridema in Brazil; Association Neekre in Burkina Faso; Soi Dog Blues Band and other artists at Tokyo Joe's in Thailand; Hard Rock Cafe in the USA and the Netherlands; a celebration of the environment by the Anaconda Foundation in Romania; Era Jazzu and its world-class jazz artists in Poland; Bobbi Lee Justice and the Scepters in Canada.

And new events and artists too: oneVillage Foundation is planning drumming events in the USA, Ghana, Taiwan, and Burkina Faso; first-time events in Costa Rica (an arts and music festival) and Denmark; a two-day "Better Treatment, Better Life" program in India; a Nigerian line-up featuring Born Talented Youth hip-hop musicians; a kick-off concert for the founding of OWB Zimbabwe; in Amsterdam, a drumming event featuring youth from UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders); a double-digit line-up of bands in New York (including a possible appearance by the head of the Outside the Dream Foundation, photographer Stephen Shames, who has worked for "Keep A Child Alive"); an album launch party for "ALLEZ!", the new release by Afro-Beat band, Zuba, in Scotland.

UPCOMING PROJECTS include OWB "12-365" (so musicians can donate gigs anytime), collaboration with schools to get the next generation involved, a DVD production, OWB branches and offices in other countries (USA and UK are in process), and more partnerships with a wide range of organizations, businesses, artists, and supporters.




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"You guys Rock."
Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive
"You guys Rock."
Leigh Blake, Founder - Keep A Child Alive