A Night of Music and Purpose
On June 1, 2014, One Vibe Africa presented Madaraka Festival, a benefit concert and art sale to empower youth from Kenya. 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 showcased the music, visual arts, initiatives, and innovations that embody the special relationship between Seattle and Africa. The event will continue galvanizing the community to support Kenyan youth in taking control of their destiny. All proceeds from the event go directly to One Vibe Africa.
African youth are overcoming great challenges and achieving extraordinary things in the 21st century and African Diaspora communities and friends of Africa in the Seattle area are vital partners in helping them attain their dreams. The purpose of Madaraka Festival is to showcase the music, visual arts, initiatives and innovations that embody the special relationship between Seattle and Africa and galvanize the community to continue to support them.
Why Madaraka Festival?
One Vibe Africa is proud to promote youth empowerment in Africa through its unique connection to Owuor Arunga—the organization’s Global Ambassador—and other artists and innovators in Seattle and Africa.
Owuor Arunga is a legendary trumpeter and an inspiring figure in the growth of One Vibe Africa. 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 trumpet player.
Originally from Kenya, Naomi Wachira has collaborated with renowned Seattle bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, cellist Natalie Hall (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), and drummer Darren Reynolds.
Comprised of Seattle MCs Silas Blak and Jace ECAj , and vocalist Felicia Loud, Black Stax blends and bends the musical genres of blues, jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. “What defines [Felicia] Loud is […] her flawless command of the tones and texture of American Soul. And what defines [Silas Blak and Jace ECAj] is their commitment to a hip-hop that is complicated at the level of ideas and expression, politics and language.” Charles Mudede, The Stranger.
With a multi-cultural cast of musicians that have played and collaborated with artists ranging from Digible Planets to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kore Ionz brings a positive energy that feels familiar, but takes reggae, rock, and pop to astonishingly new places.
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.
An African band from Olympia, Mazigazi Band started within a single family but has since grown to include nine-members. Inspired by African tribal rhythms and musical traditions, their music emphasizes cultural experiences, environmental conversation, and co-existence in a world where differences tend to pull us apart.
To know that another world is possible, and bring it to life has always been the mission of Gabriel Teodros. He has set stages on fire across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Ethiopia, and performed alongside Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Zap Mama, Digable Planets, and Fishbone to name but a few. Teodros is set to release albums Children Of The Dragon and Evidence Of Things Not Seen in 2014.
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
First generation Kenyan-American singer Naomi Wamboe broke into the music industry with the release of her single “Niaje,” which pairs her vocal prowess with the power of Macklemore’s acclaimed trumpet player, Owour Arunga.
Local hip-hop trio The Physics first gained recognition with their 15-track LP Future Talk (2007). They’ve since performed at Sasquatch!, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, and every major nightclub in Seattle to become an integral part of Seattle’s sonic landscape.
The Madaraka Festival art sale will feature original work by students and teachers from Kisumu.
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African American Kenyan Women Interconnect (AAKEWO) facilitates cultural reconnection delegations on missions to re-connect with their African ancestry. Each year an organized delegation participates in a planned itinerary in Kenya to facilitate their interests and reconnection through relationships with Kenyan women and their families. In 2014 the delegation will visit One Vibe’s Arts Mentorship Program in Kisumu.
TayaSola engages people by selling individual components of solar lanterns (rechargeable batteries, solar cells, LED bulbs, etc.) and educational curricula from which they build custom power and light systems that are modular, user-friendly, and adaptable.
EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.