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Global Music Festival - One World Beat 2003

(visit 2003 website)

Imagine 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!



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