Past Events

Madaraka Festival 2014: A Night of Music and Purpose

Madaraka FestivalOn 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.

Performing Artists

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.

Art Sale

The Madaraka Festival art sale will feature original work by students and teachers from Kisumu.




EMP Museum
Sky Church
Seattle, WA 98109



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.


TayaSo​la 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.


The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Arunga Music
Africa Town
London Bridge Studio
206 Zulu
4th Ave Media
A Real Grip

Unite the People Concert Seattle

Promoting international cultural exchange is one of our values at One Vibe. We organized the first edition of Unite The People Concert Seattle on Thursday, March 8th 2012 at Nectar Lounge in Seattle, Washington. Our aim was to raise funds for our programs in Kenya and connect Kisumu and Seattle through music and arts, by allowing Seattle based artists to perform in Kenya.

Clinton Fearon performed on solo acoustics, Mark Oi, an excellent musician from Seattle, joined him. Brent Egbert performed a wonderful solo acoustic show, and Kamau Ngigi from Kalamashaka, a pioneer hip-hop group in Kenya also performed. DJ Michael of freedom sounds kept everyone dancing before and after the performances.

Unite The People Concert 2012 in Kenya included performance by the legendary Clinton Fearon who strongly represented Seattle and Jamaica. At the Seattle event we were able to raise funds that formed part of the budget for Unite The People Concert 2012 in Kenya. It was an honor to celebrate this crucial step in One Vibe’s history together with all of you who were present. We look forward to inviting you and more of your friends to future presentations of this great event.

One Vibe has organized varieties of events in the past. Our focus is now the One Vibe programs, which will include Unite The People Festival. Our long-term goal is still to establish a place where music and arts can support youth realize their potential.

We are very grateful to all our fans and everyone who has supported our events in the past. Your ongoing support and generosity is key to our success.

RiverBash Concert

The first edition of Riverbash concert was on December 31st 2005 at the Aga Khan hall in Kisumu. The show brought together DJs and musicians to mark the beginning of the New Year.

This even provided our fans with affordable entertainment and created an opportunity for upcoming artists to perform with well-known acts. Proceeds were used to purchase foodstuff for children at the Young Generation Centre in Manyatta.

On the day of the event, musicians were at the Young Generation Centre inspiring children to pursue their own musical talents. The children sang and danced with the artists. They were overjoyed to learn from famous musicians that they have only watched on TV or radio.

Prior to morphing into the United The People concert, Riverbash performances included Ausman, Shamir, the late Galumoz, Culture Nurture, DJ Kissinger, Junior Dread, Ras Ken among other local artists.


Metro FM Western Tour

Metro FM was a Public Sector FM station in Kenya established in April 1996, and re-launched as a 24-hour reggae radio station on 1st august 2005. Since its re-launch, metro FM became a big player on the entertainment scene in Kenya until it was closed down for unclear reasons.

One Vibe was privileged to partner with Metro FM in actualizing the famous Metro FM western tour in December 2006. It included a show in Bungoma, a town in Western Province, and two shows in Kisumu. In 2007 the event was cancelled because of the political unrest in the country.

In February 2010, One Vibe hosted a weekly radio show on Metro FM every Sunday, and it went on for one year. We are grateful for all the support that came from our friends at the radio station.

Kisumu Polytechnic Cultural Day

In 2004 we partnered with the student leadership at Kisumu Polytechnic to host their monthly student’s event. Kisumu Polytechnic is one of the largest institutions in Nyanza Province. Every month, the college hosts a night show for students at the institution.

One Vibe partnered with Kisumu Polytechnic to stage several college nights. The following year, One Vibe organized the institution’s Annual Cultural Day that involved many shows and celebrations over a weekend.

One Vibe Tour

Since it’s inception, One Vibe has had DJs that have performed at various towns around Kenya. These shows, known as “One Vibe Tour,” were usually one-night events held at community social halls and popular nightspots. Each event attracted hundreds of Fans and acted as a platform for One Vibe to share their mission. The “One Vibe Tour” also advertised for Unite The People Concert.

While these smaller shows brought One Vibe to different communities, our focus on One Vibe programs allows different groups of people to become part of a consistent program in one location.

How You Can Help

Generous contribution from you allows us to inspire and engage more youth in Kenya. Please support our mission with a Gift to our Programs. You can count on our accountability and promise to ensure that 100% of your gift supports youth that need it the most. Here are other ways that you can help…Read More



    Omena Band consists of a group of men and women in their 70s and 80s from a community in Kenya, and they have been teaching in our Music & Art program.



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