Beating Heart is a collective of artists and enthusiasts who believe in the power of music to create a world without borders. Born in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, the project sprung from a vision to bring the world's largest archive of African field recordings into the present day.*
Beating Heart inspires today’s hottest producers to build new compositions using the original field recordings.
Beating Heart creates renewed interest in some of the most vibrant rhythms and cultures on the planet.
Moving nation by nation, each release from the Beating Heart collective raises monies for the communities that created the original music.
*Beating Heart has privileged access to the unique Hugh Tracey archive at ILAM, 1000s of recordings compiled between the 1920s and 1970s across 16 Sub-Saharan countries.
Sales of ‘Beating Heart – South Africa’ support The Women’s Legal Centre, run by a group of female lawyers striving for gender equality across South Africa, particularly for black women, whose work has had a huge impact on the country’s laws, and continues to do so.
More info at www.wlce.co.za
Sales of ‘Beating Heart - Malawi’ have funded the ongoing development of the ‘Garden to Mouth’ (G2M) food initiative: a programme to feed 500 students once a day through organic irrigated gardens in 1 hectare of land; educating students with practical knowledge giving them the tools to be in charge of their own food security; generating income through sales of crops at local markets to be re-invested into expanding the gardens.
We believe the G2M methodology could be as much as 3x more effective than the current school feeding programs funded by various donors and are in the process of working with them to accurately collate and verify the data to begin rolling out G2M at schools throughout the country.
More info at www.garden2mouth.org
Beating Heart - Tanzania