Since 2014, Madaraka Festival has attracted over 3,000 patrons and reached over 3 million people digitally. Proceeds from the festival go towards One Vibe Africa’s Education Music and Art Program (EMAP) which has served over 500 youth in Kisumu, Kenya.
Madaraka Festival is the most consistent African event in the Diaspora dubbed: “a night to remember” by Northwest Music Scene, “a premier African-influenced festival” by YES Magazine, and a “globally oriented event” by Humanosphere Magazine.
One Vibe is presenting the 5th annual Madaraka Festival and doing so with a celebration and fundraising dinner in Seattle. Our goal is to launch “Road To Madaraka” supporting One Vibe Africa’s initiative on building communities through sustainability and entrepreneurship by producing other such Madaraka Festivals in Kenya and other African countries.
Our hope is to expand, one community at a time, by producing a Madaraka Festival in each community with the proceeds supporting that community as well as One Vibe’s work. Our goal is to leverage our network throughout Africa to reach many communities through music, the universal language ~ Simon Okello
On August 3rd, 2019 Madaraka Festival will bring musicians, creatives, and fans to Kisumu, Kenya for the first time, after being held in Seattle, WA since 2014 at the prestigious Museum of Pop Culture at Seattle Center opposite the Gates Foundation Headquarters.
Now more than ever, youth in Kenya are in need of the artistic encouragement and experiences offered by One Vibe Africa. Madaraka Festival provides the resources for these vital artistic exchanges. Hundreds of youth are now participating in One Vibe Africa’s programs in Kenya as a direct result of the collaboration between Seattle artists involved in Madaraka Festival.
Madaraka Festival brings Africa’s finest musicians and creatives together with world renowned artists and innovators for a celebration of music and civic purpose. In 2019, this international cultural extravaganza will be the culmination of an entire week of activities happening in Africa for the first time and will feature live music, storytelling, poetry, exhibitions, workshops, and a film festival.
Mazzi & Soul Purpose
Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Time: Doors Open at 9:00am, show at 10:00am