15 September 2014 Commonly known for her mbira playing, Hope Masike’s last quarter of the year is filled with performances locally and abroad. Amidst all of it, Masike’s career is taking yet another exciting turn as she is one of the few musicians chosen for an American cross-cultural programme called Onebeat happening this October in California and other states.
‘I am happy to be one of the Onebeat fellows for 2014. As always, where many other countries are involved I take pride in showcasing one of our greatest exports, the music heritage of Zimbabwe. There is also a lot of thrill that comes from meeting brand new inspiration from other fellow musicians. Inspiration is the food of every artist and such a collaboration- for me- is utter bliss.’
OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. It brings together young musicians from around the world. In this year’s edition, Hope Masike will be working with musicians from countries such as Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, Brazil, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Morocco, United States, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. ‘My biggest desire is to grow the artist in me and to have that golden opportunity to also inspire others.
I would also love to carry my audience with me, go through this new journey with them, come back and continue together. So I would be happy if they could follow me on Facebook, Twitter and other such online platforms where I will share the tour.’ Much as this year marks the third year for OneBeat, it is the first year for Zimbabwe to be considered in the programme. Onebeat continues to cultivate a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music.