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Oona McOuat | One World, One Heart Beating

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One World, One Heart Beating

by Oona McOuat

One World, One Heart Beating is an anthem to global unity sung and played – and with a video created – entirely by children. It is an invitation to kids and grownups all over to act and live with tolerance, harmony, and hope.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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Once upon a time, musicians Oona McOuat, Jose Sanchez, and James Mujuru were invited to travel from rural Salt Spring Island, Canada, to perform at HIFA, one of the largest music festivals in Africa. Every time Oona closed her eyes and saw herself in Africa she could feel herself surrounded by singing children, and soon the idea for One World, One Heart Beating was born. Through a mix of dogged determination, grace, and the generosity of fans, the $18,000 needed to realize the project, and a fiscal partner – Artists Against Racism – appeared, and the trio set off on a heart-opening journey to Zimbabwe.

One hot, windy day in May 2011, about 100 children from the rural district of Seke traveled along dirt paths and through tall grasses to come and sing the song.

A few days later, James and Oona met with the Canadian International Development Agency about financing an organic market garden for these kids and their families. A substantial grant was awarded, greatly increasing the community’s prosperity and food security. Like stone soup, already the gifts given by the first donors to One World, One Heart Beating had been multiplied.

But this was just the beginning … Over the summer and fall, Jose and Oona got busy in the studio, and children from France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and Canada added their voices (singing in English, German, Spanish and French) and instruments (bass, drums, guitar, piano, violins and harp) to the mix. Soon they had a song and video that stretched across the planet like a patchwork quilt, enveloping it in caring.

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