Rock out at the Madaraka Festival

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter



Donate to Kenyan arts programs while enjoying African music, a fashion show, and a documentary premiere at the Madaraka Festival on June 24.

The festival is going for its fourth year led by the non-profit organization One Vibe Africa, and is being hosted by the Museum of Pop Culture at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle.

Events start at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

All net proceeds from the festival are being donated to One Vibe Africa's music education and to arts programs in Kisumu, Kenya.

"Over the last four editions, One Vibe has been able to raise at least $100,000," said Kenju Waweru, a Highline student and member of One Vibe Africa's organizing and outreach team.

"Around 500 students have benefitted [from these festivals]," he said.

One Vibe Africa has been reaching out in the U.S. to encourage others to get involved in the Kenyan culture, and also to promote and support arts programs in Kenya.

"A great thing about this is I get to share my culture with people in Seattle too," said Waweru.

Madaraka sets out to educate and include people of all backgrounds into the African culture. One of their main missions is for youth to gather, connect, and realize their potential and skills, he said.

"It was through education that I got to where I am today… so I wanted to be part of an organization that will help other people get that platform and opportunity," said Waweru.

The fashion show is featuring African trends, and the benefit concert will have artists such as Dynamq, Otieno Terry, Meklit Hadero, Rocky Dawuni, Pyramid, Big World Breaks, and surprise guests.

Madaraka The Documentary will also be premiering at the festival.

This short film is about empowering communities through the arts, and the work that One Vibe Africa has been doing in Kenya.

"It's just a lot of good vibes and good energy at the Madaraka Festival," said Waweru.

Tickets for the festival are $25.

For tickets or information visit mopop.org., or go to onevibeafrica.org to learn more about the non-profit organization.

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