The first One Vibe concert was dubbed Riverbash, and it was held in 2005 at the Aga Khan hall in Kisumu. It represented an exciting new era for arts and music lovers. Proceeds from the event were used to purchase foodstuff for children at Young Generation Centre, an orphanage home in Manyatta.
In 2007, after the general election, Kenya experienced one of the worst spans of ethnic violence. Countless crimes were committed against many people. There were revenge attacks and revenge for the revenge attacks, a spiral that was out of control.
In February 2008, talks led to a peace deal, which gave birth to the power sharing government that was replaced after the 2013 elections. Kenya stepped back from the abyss that could have been another Rwanda. What will the next trigger be? Who will be the next target? Kikuyu, Kalenjin Or Luo? Breaking the cycle in 2007 required an act by someone, or one side to say; “enough!”
Inspired by the post election violence in 2007, One Vibe chose to rise above the cycle of hatred and revenge by holding Unite The People Concert, as the first public gathering after the unrest. Since then it has created tens of temporary jobs, acted as a platform for building awareness about inter-tribal relationships, identified local music and arts talent, and offered youth alternatives to drugs and violence.
From 2013 Unite The People Concert will become Unite The People Festival, which will be held every three months, as part of our Programs. Its purposes are to:
- Gauge the success of the program
- Give youth a chance to showcase their skills by participation
- Recruit youth to the program
- Encourage peaceful coexistence through community participation
How You Can Help
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