The Kennedy Center



OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. More than a performance program, OneBeat balances three principles: dialogue, creation, and social engagement to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world. By giving international artists from the United States and abroad creative opportunities to interact, OneBeat furthers these vital goals, one unexpected musical piece at a time. OneBeat is a musical journey like no other. It is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, create new musical combinations, push the boundaries of music technology, and find ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity. OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can connect people from across the world and around the block.

To find out more about OneBeat and read more on each of these artists, visit OneBeat on the web at

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/1/2013: OneBeat

An initiative of the U.S. State Department, OneBeat brings musicians from around the world for a residency and U.S. tour program.