Music diplomacy: Helping to ‘see each other’s humanity’

OneBeat, one of the U.S. Department of State’s music diplomacy exchanges, convened musicians from more than a dozen countries to collaborate in Southern U.S. states in April and September. (© Alexia Webster/OneBeat) For decades, U.S. musicians have traveled the world offering beats and solos in a cultural exchange aimed at promoting better understanding between countries.

This tradition of music diplomacy dates to the mid-1950s, when the U.S. Department of State invited jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to play in countries where few people had seen concerts starring American musicians.

These Jazz Ambassadors traveled […]

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