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Barbadian drummer begins U.S. music exchange

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown has announced that on April 15 Barbadian musician Juanita Clarke travelled to the US to take part in the U.S. Embassy’s OneBeat program.

Clarke is the 2020 finalist from Barbados, but as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic the programme was postponed until this month.

Often called Juanz in music circles, she is an brisk and versatile 29-year-old session drummer and percussionist.

Clarke was chosen for her demonstrated passion for rhythm and drums and her ability to maneuver easily amongst several genres including reggae, soca, latin, pop and jazz.

Juanz is a pioneer for other female drummers, and she’s going to spend the subsequent 4 weeks in the US making music with artists world wide on the Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach Florida.

OneBeat is a world music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through progressive people-to-people diplomacy.  Tt brings together young musicians from across the globe to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways in which music could make a positive impact on our local and global communities.

This ninth edition of OneBeat will bring together 21 diverse artists from 12 countries and territories under the theme of Sonic Imaginaries.  That is the primary time OneBeat will feature a Barbadian participant.

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