Owuor Arunga, One Vibe’s Global Ambassador
One Vibe is pleased to announce Owuor Arunga as our Global Ambassador. Owuor was born in Kisumu, and he grew up playing the same games children in Manyatta play today. His inspirations growing up are similar to the inspirations that bring curiosity to many of the children who we serve through our Programs.
At the age of 9 Owuor moved to the United States with his family, where he found a trumpet in his grandmother’s basement and enrolled in music classes at his elementary school. He fell in love with the trumpet and grew to be an admired part of Garfield High School’s Jazz Band. After attending Garfield Owuor went to The New School of jazz in New York where he was mentored by musicians who he looked up to. Now he is a professional trumpeter who has worked with well-known musicians and bands all over the world. You may recognize him as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s trumpet player.
One Vibe has been going strong for the past eight years and we are ready to take it to the next level. Because of all the attention Owuor has been getting on a global stage we believe he is the person who can inspire the youth in our One Vibe programs as well as engage like minded people who can assist in propelling One Vibe forward. By making Owuor our global Ambassador we aim to provide our youth in Manyatta with a clear example of how hard work and diligence can help them attain their professional goals on global scales. Because he shares the same background as our youth, and finds joy in relating to them, Owuor is the man for the job.
As we continue our work we feel energized to have Owuor as part of the team. We know that together we will engage more youth in promoting arts and education, giving our youth a chance to pursue their aspirations. Thank you Owour, and welcome aboard.
One Vibe Ambassador, Naomi Wamboe Wangendo
Naomi Wamboe Wangendo is a first generation Kenyan-American singer/songwriter. She is a renowned personality in the Kenya Music industry as well as in Seattle and other parts of the world. Naomi’s love for equality, her positive energy, and natural leadership abilities inspired her to join One Vibe to help advocate for girls, and inspire young Kenyans in the diaspora to participate in programs similar to One Vibe’s.
During the infamous September 21st 2013 attacks at Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenyans around the world watched in horror as their fellow countrymen were killed and held hostage. Naomi Wamboe felt compelled to do something more; she wrote and released her newest single “Niaje” for Owour Arunga to help ease the pain caused to the victims of the attack.
Naomi was voted rising female artist in the Chaguo La Teeniez award show in Kenya. She competed on B.E.T.’s 106th and Park Wild Out Wednesday, taking first place the first time, and second place the next with Kanja the Afrikan King. Naomi was also instrumental in the creation of the Madaraka song, which is a collaborative project of various artists in Seattle that supports One Vibe’s work.
One Vibe Ambassadors, The Physics
Representing Seattle’s south end, The Physics are one of the region’s most critically celebrated hip-hop crews. Real-deal brothers Thig Nat and Monk Wordsmith, and Justo have been making music for well over a decade since their days at O’Dea High School. Inspired by their Kenyan roots, the group’s evolution from a refreshing, promising rap trio to a sophisticated collective of lyricists, vocalists and musicians is a narrative of hometown pride.
Beyond their considerable accomplishments and featured performances as a premier local act, it is the sound and vibe that The Physics lend to the city’s sonic landscape that many say express Seattle at its finest. Njuguna Wa Gicuru aka Monk Wordsmith has been instrumental in One Vibe’s growth in Seattle, and has helped One Vibe connect to various institutions, and initiatives. His drive is what inspired him to engage the rest of The Physics in becoming One Vibe’s Ambassadors.
The Physics have performed at Sasquatch, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, and every major nightclub in Seattle. In the fall of 2012, after the release of Tomorrow People, they embarked on The Tomorrow People tour garnering new fans across the nation. In December of 2012, they joined the Blue Scholars for their 2nd national tour, performing in major cities along the west coast, debuting in Chicago, and ending with a sold out show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.
The Physics’ latest full length album ‘Digital Wildlife’ and upcoming performance dates can be found at www.thephysicsmusic.com
One Vibe Ambassador, Kamau Ngigi
Kamau Ngigi (Kalamasha): The music of Kamau Ngigi contains sociopolitical messages that address the struggles of youth in Africa. A renowned East African hip-hop artist, Kamau Ngigi is a member of Kalamashaka, a Dandora-based group that paved the way for mainstream Swahili hip-hop in Kenya. Kamau continues to inspire youth in Kenya through his involvement with One Vibe activities in Seattle.
One Vibe Ambassador, Yirim Seck
Yirim Seck: Known for his searing lyricism, impassioned performance, and for forging hip-hop with traditional Senegalese dance music, Yirim Seck bridges the illustrious musical legacy of Seattle’s Central District with his family’s African heritage. Yirim has also been instrumental in One Vibe’s growth in Seattle, and continues to work closely with the organization through its organizing committee for Madaraka Festival.