Barbadian drummer begins music swap with US


The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that on April 15, Barbadian musician Juanita Clarke traveled to the United States to participate in the U.S. Embassy’s OneBeat program.
Juanita is the 2020 finalist from Barbados, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the program has been postponed to this month. Known as Juanz in musical circles, she is an energetic and versatile 29-year-old drummer and session percussionist. She was selected for her demonstrated passion for rhythm and drums and her ability to move easily between multiple genres including reggae, soca, latin, pop and jazz. Juanz is a trailblazer for other female threshers, and she will be spending the next four weeks in the
USA makes music with artists from around the world at the Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
OneBeat is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy.
OneBeat brings together young musicians from around the world to collaboratively write, produce and perform original music, and develop ways in which music can positively impact our local and global communities. This ninth edition of OneBeat will bring together 21 diverse artists from 12 countries and territories under the theme Sonic Imaginaries. This is the first time OneBeat will feature a Barbadian participant.


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