Madaraka Festival

Madaraka Festival

The 3rd annual Madaraka Festival takes place on May 28, 2016 at the EMP Museum in Seattle and its theme is Women’s Empowerment! Developing female leaders is a key component of One Vibe’s mission and this year’s event will feature a predominantly female artist line up and celebrate the women and girls that lead and serve our communities.

An annual event since 2014, One Vibe Africa’s Madaraka Festival is a concert and cultural festival that supports youth empowerment through the arts. Madaraka Festival brings artists, activists and community members from throughout the United States to Seattle, Washington to raise money and support to sustain our programs and celebrate the power of the arts as an instrument of empowerment.

Madaraka Day (June 1) commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule. It celebrates the spirit and meaning of the word Madaraka—Swahili for the authority to make decisions. Madaraka Festival will showcase the music, visual arts, initiatives, and innovations that embody the special relationship between Seattle and Africa; galvanize the community; and support Kenyan youth in taking control of their destiny.

Date and Time

Saturday, May 28, 2016
(doors 7:15pm)


EMP Museum
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info

$25 general admission

All ages (21+ bar with valid ID)
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Owuor Arunga

Owuor Arunga is a legendary trumpeter, One Vibe Global Ambassador, and Madaraka Festival Artistic Director. Arunga went to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York where the musicians he admired acted as mentors. You may recognize him as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s trumpeter.


Choklate is an international singer-songwriter who has shared the stage and/or collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre, Warryn Campbell, Anthony Hamilton, De La Soul, Eric Roberson, Boys II Men, Bilal, Anthony David, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Nikka Costa, Baaba Maal, Res, Erykah Badu, Dwele, Raheem DeVaughn, Roy Ayers, Blacksheep, and many more. Her self-titled release in 2006 and its subsequent re-release in 2008 created tremendous global buzz, and with the release of 2009’s To Whom It May Concern, Choklate once again teamed up with hip-hop/soul producer Vitamin D to deliver a critically-acclaimed album. Her latest offering, FLY, was released October 2012 and features collaborations with Musiq Soulchild, Phonte of Little Brother, and Foreign Exchange.

As Choklate continues to stretch the boundaries of soul/R&B, she continues to learn and grow artistically as well as work tirelessly to provide a quality presentation of honest music. She has also begun to actively bridge the gap between her consistent work within different philanthropic endeavors and the music that she is most known for, and looks forward to continuing to utilize her platform to have a positive impact on the world.

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Canadian Poet of Honor and YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts D’bi Young Anitafrika, is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dubpoet, playwright-monodramatist, arts-educator, theatre director, and scholartist whose trans-disciplinary work explores themes of identity, gender, sexuality, divinity, the erotic, race, class, and the human experience. She is the creator of The Sorplusi Method, which has been employed by The Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Banff Centre, U of T, MaRS, and other institutions globally. For the last 20 years Anitafrika has mentored countless artists in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, India, and South America through her numerous world-wide arts-education projects.

Anitafrika has performed and lectured extensively internationally, including a recent address at the United Nations, and has published four plays and two dubpoetry albums. She is Founder and Artistic Director of The Watah Theatre and Anitafrika Retreat Centre where she fosters the professional development of emerging to established artists through the Sorplusi Method. A Recipient of two Doras, a KM Hunter Theatre Award, a Mayor’s Arts Award, a Vital People Award, and a Toronto Leadership Lab Fellowship, Anitafrika recently launched her new band— D’BI. & THE 333—with Sudanese master musician Waleed Abdulhamid, and has published her third collection of poetry, OYA.

Nik West

Bassist, singer, and songwriter Nik West’s recent credits include work with artists such as Prince, John Mayer, Marcus Miller, and most recently, special guest appearances on American Idol. While working on her first album, Just In The Nik Of Time, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics became acquainted with West’s work, fell in love with her soulful voice, and reached out to her to work with him on several projects. Within days she was performing with Stewart in Los Angeles to capacity crowds.

In March 2014, Nik graced the pages of Bass Player Magazine with Daft Punk member and bassist Nathan East. She has also appeared on the covers of iBass Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, Image and Style Magazine, Bass Quarterly Germany, and has been featured in numerous publications for Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, Afropunk, and more. She is the face of and was a partner in helping to develop a brand new line of basses called the Dimension Bass by Fender. She is also the brainchild behind the Queen of Strings Competition, discovering, inspiring, and teaching young women self-esteem and discipline through an instrument.


Runka AKA Karun is a vocalist, instrumentalist and budding engineer/producer, currently attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Formally known as “Miss Karun” of the internationally acclaimed band, Camp Mulla, her follow-up solo album Sun & Moon debuted as a leading release in East Africa supported by Kenya’s president, who declared her an artist destined to make Africa proud. In recent years, Runka has worked with a multitude of notable musicians and producers across Africa (Boddhi Satva, Fena, Wangechi, Kato Change, Jojo Abot) and appeared on Kenya’s leading national platforms NTV, Kiss TV, and Coke Studios, performing in both East and South African territories for major corporate tours such as SAFARICOM LIVE.

Now Runka is making her way around the world touring with the collective Cosmic Homies, who just made their first US appearance at the annual SXSW music, film, and interactive festival in Austin, TX. A fast-growing social media icon in Kenya, Runka consistently chats with her 20.5K followers via designated Q&A sessions to maintain active conversations with her fans at home and abroad.

Kouyaté Arts

Kouyaté Arts is an artistic musical group directed by a husband-and-wife team: Aboubacar “Boka” and Afua Kouyaté. The group, Kouyaté Arts, is a vibrant component of the Adefua non-profit organization. The Adefua Cultural Education Workshop (ACEW) is committed to developing and maintaining relationships with community agencies, cultural councils, school districts, scholars, parents, and education-focused organizations. The vast degree of relationships formed over the past 30 years have been used to maximize ACEW’s ability to preserve and share African traditions as well as deliver messages that are relevant to modern struggles.

The sounds and the sights of the Kouyaté Arts Performance Company is an exotic blend of traditions and sounds from Guinea-Conakry, Senegal, Nigeria, the Caribbean, and African-American heritage. The live music, song, and dance presents a festive and dynamic style of West African dance.


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