Music Making A Difference!
One World Beat 2003 was the first of what
we hope are many festivals celebrating the
power of music to make a difference. In 50
events and 12 countries, over 500 musicians
performed in all musical styles and venues
from Guatemala to Gibraltar, and Tokyo to
Toronto. In Chicago, jazz legend Eddie Palmieri
made The Hothouse swing, while The Basement
and Club Acoustica in Sydney brought events
there to the global music community via webcasting.
Highlights included a three-day benefit in
Ottawa's prime music venue, Zaphod Beeblebrox;
a 20-band extravaganza at the rock temple,
The Pulp, in Duisburg; Juno award winner Bill
Bourne at the Fiddler's Roost in Edmonton;
an all-day global peace event organized by
the Blue Hat Project in Texas; gospel at the
Lighthouse Youth Center in South Africa; Bolivian
DJs raising funds to rebuild homes in La Paz;
the Rocky River Bush Band playing for Canberra
bushfire victims, and youth education programs
from Japan to the USA getting support.
From Tunisia to Lithuania, Japan to England,
in France, the USA, and New Zealand, the Hard
Rock Cafe to B.B. King's Blues Club, there
was a great turnout for a variety of charities
including Victims of Violence, Children for
Change, United Planet, Stir Network, Here
for Life, and Source for Hope. We had 90 partners,
got a prized endorsement by Phil Collins,
and thought we heard John Lennon singing "...imagine
all the people"! Inspired by all the
people who imagined this festival in 2003
and then created it, OWB 2004 was born, surpassing
our initial milestone with close to 200 events
in 46 countries. Stay tuned for OWB 2005,
when "You Say You Want A Revolution"
might well be in the air!