EMP Museum Gets Ready for One Vibe Africa’s 2nd Annual Madaraka Festival

Mad6786-Ow-650One Vibe Africa and EMP Museum present the 2nd Annual Madaraka Festival, a night of music and purpose, May 31, 2015 at the EMP.

Madaraka Festival is a creative collaboration among Seattle artists in support of One Vibe Africa’s Music and Art Program, based in Kisumu, Kenya.

Don’t miss spectacular musical performances by Owuor Arunga (One Vibe Artistic Director and trumpeter for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Blitz the Ambassador, Sauti Sol, – click HERE to view complete lineup.

Last year the festival made good on a promised surprise guest when Seattle’s own Macklemore showed up and tore the roof off, following a stellar lineup that included such talented musicians such as, Seattle luminaries The Physics, Yirim Seck, Kore Ionz, Black Stax, Naomi Wamboe and a stunning live version of “African Girl: by Naomi Wachira. Andrew Joslyn, who helped make Macklemore’s smash album The Heist such a success, also lent his violin mastery to the program.

An art sale will take place at the event featuring original work by students and teachers from Kisumu. All proceeds go directly to One Vibe Africa. and youth in Kisumu.

Mad5706-650Now 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.

“The festival is a bridge between Seattle, and Africa, the beauty of it is that it’s being built by Artists in both continents. It’s unique because it creates an opportunity for under served youth to have a voice through One Vibe’s music and art program that relies on the festival to become self sustaining.” – Simon Javan Okelo Executive Director One Vibe Africa

The successful 2014 festival initiated international cultural exchange between Kenya, and Seattle while achieving unanticipated benefits, including:
• Inspired creative collaboration between Africans and African-Americans in Seattle.
• Showcased the best African oriented concert dubbed: “ a night to remember” by Northwest Music Scene, “a premier African-influenced festival” by YES Magazine, and “globally oriented event” by Humanosphere.

Art Sale

MacklemoreMadaraka Festival art sale features original work by students and teachers from Kisumu, and select pieces from renowned Pacific Northwest artists. The artwork will be on sale by the entrance to the Sky Church.

Madaraka is an all ages event.

For more info: http://www.onevibeafrica.org/

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