Welcome To One World Arts!
...¨Imagine inspiring and engaging people of all ages, using music, dance, and theater
as the light leading the way. One World Arts has provided an array of programs since 1991."
Nancy Friedman - Co-founder
One World Arts,
Composer, Co-founder, Artistic Director - ¡Retumba!
Nancy is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of ¡Retumba! She was born in East
Harlem, New York, and chose percussion as the focus of her musical expression.
She studied music theory at California State College in Sonoma and continued
her musical studies upon her return to New York City, at the Harbor Conservatory
for the Performing Arts in East Harlem; where she studied percussion with Louis
Bauzo; as well as studying privately with master drummers Frankie Malabe,
Roberto Borrell, John Amira, and Felipe Garcia. In addition to playing percussion
She is a freelance musician and has performed with a variety of groups in
the New York area as a composer, arranger and percussionist throughout her
career. She also performed at the Clearwater Music Revival with Dizzy Gillespie,
and at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger.
Performer, Accompanist, and Instructor for the ArtsConnection program from
1986 to present; she performs, teaches, and demonstrates different musical
forms of the Caribbean, to students in New York City’s public schools. She
has been the Artist-in-residence with the ArtsConnection Program from 1993
to present, at PS 155 in East Harlem’s District 4 and at CES 53 in District 9,
for 5 years. She is a performer, accompanist, and instructor on the Community
Works, TheatreWorks USA, Center for Traditional Music and Dance; as well as
Midori and Friends roster of artists.
Her Polygala Publishing Company, which has been with ASCAP for over 10
years, has published songs on the ¡Retumba Live! CD, where she is a writer,
arranger, and musician. In addition to Afroditee’s “Sex in New York City” CD
CD, where she is a musician, composer and executive producer.
One of her original songs ”Que Viva la Mujer Latina” was included in the
documentary “West 47th Street” produced by Lichtenstein Creative Media
(“LCM”) and debuted at the Cinema du Reel festival in Paris at the Pompidou
Centre in early March of 2001.
Nancy Friedman has appeared on many television shows, including the T.V.
show “Club La Bomba” on the Metro Channel on Cable; where she performed
with !Retumba! She has performed in most of the major venues throughout
the Tri-State New York area, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Town
Hall, Aaron Davis Hall, The Concert Hall, and Lovinger Theatre at Lehman
Center for the Performing Arts, The State Theatre of New Brunswick, New
Jersey Performing Arts Center, South Jersey Performing Arts Center, Paramount
Theater in Peekskill, New York; as well as The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mahaffey
Yvette Martinez - President and Co-founder
One World Arts, Inc
. Co-founder and Artistic Director of ¡Retumba!
Welcome and thanks for visiting our site! One World Arts is a non-profit organization that
offers a variety of services to communities throughout the NY/Tri-state area, and beyond.
Its’ emphasis is on cultural performances, concerts, and special presentations at theaters,
colleges, universities, and a wide array of community festivals. In addition to our exposure
to local artistic venues, One World Arts has provided an ongoing presence in the New York
and New Jersey public and private school arena. While implementing scores of Arts-in-
Education programs throughout, One World Arts is recognized for its’ excellence within
the public, as well as private sector. Our organization is dedicated to entertainment
on many levels. While remaining ever mindful of the joys of cultural exchange through
the performing arts, One World Arts has expanded its’ program to include performances
at corporate, as well as private events. Embracing diversity through the arts is what we
Having been born in the South Bronx to parents from Puerto Rico, I was blessed with an
early exposure to the diverse cultural influences of the Caribbean. I have been involved
in performance of the folk arts since 1980. My work is rooted in the exploration of
the African and Indigenous cultures , and their influence on the music and dance of
the Caribbean. When I began researching my cultural and ancestral background, I
began to see and hear similarities within the music and dance of other cultures. I was
intrigued by what was shared among our world cultures. We celebrate similar holidays
and milestones, and engage in similar ceremonies; which brings me to my mission -
One World, One Human Race ...living with respect, peace and harmony. Of course,
through the experience of music and dance. What a wonderful way to break down
Special Awards and Mentions:
The Bronx Times - "25 Influential Women of the Bronx" 2018 (In
recognition of Commitment, Dedication and Excellence)
El Comité Noviembre 2016 – “Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad” (The Best of
Our Community Award)
"Guaitiao/Friendship Taino Award for Community” 2015 (For
outstanding achievement and accomplishments within the Taino
"Latina 50 Plus Arts Award" 2014 (For Lifetime Commitment,
Wisdom, and Dedication to the Latino Community)
Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 "Bobby Capo Award" (For
Recognition of Leadership and Service to The Arts and Culture)
El Diaro La Prensa - New York’s #1 Spanish newspaper, 1998
(Selected as one of "50 Outstanding Latinas").
"BRIO Award" (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) 1996 (Fellowship and
Support for Artistic Excellence)