One Vibe Africa and MoPOP present the fourth Annual Madaraka Festival, a night of music and purpose. Madaraka Festival is a creative collaboration among Seattle artists in support of One Vibe Africa’s Music and Art Program, based in Kisumu, Kenya.
Madaraka 2017’s theme is African Music & Fashion featuring performances and a runway fashion show all on one stage. By showcasing African music and fashion in a different light, Madaraka hopes to change the narrative of stereotypes held on these topics.
Don’t miss the premier of Madaraka, The Documentary and spectacular musical performances by Rocky Dawuni, Otieno Terry, Dynamq, Meklit Hadero, Chimurenga Renaissance, and Special Surprise Guests! All proceeds go directly to One Vibe Africa and youth in Kisumu.
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.
African Music & Fashion Showcase to Empower Youth
June 24th, 2017 – Tickets on Sale Now
Date: Saturday June 24th, 2017
Time: Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm
Venue: Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Avenue N Seattle, WA 98109
Tickets: $25 General Admission. All ages, standing room only. On sale now at www.mopop.org
Rocky Dawuni is a GRAMMY nominated Ghanaian singer and songwriter who performs his signature ‘Afro Roots’ sound which is a mixture of Reggae, Afrobeat, Highlife and soul music. He currently lives between Ghana and Los Angeles. With an easy-going charisma and reputation as a dedicated champion of social causes, Daw uni’s infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans across the globe. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others.
Seattle local Otieno Terry is a man of many musical talents, the R&B pianist, singer, songwriter and guitarist won first place at the annual Sound Off Competition. Otieno’s influences range from Prince to Koji Kondo. Otieno has toured with SOL and supported Madaraka Festival as a backup singer since its inception. Otieno has an infectious vocal and performance ability.
Dynamq is a South Sudanese refugee turned international recording artist. Dynamq, also known as THE SUDANESE CHILD was born in Juba, South Sudan, and his love for music came from attending Sunday school and singing for fun. Dynamq & his family fled the war in Sudan & moved to Nairobi Kenya where they lived in refugee camps for several years before he discovered his musical talent. Dynamq is now known globally as the inventor of RUKA style of music, and an award-winning reggae selector.
Meklit is an Ethio-American singer, composer, and cultural instigator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music sits on the hyphen line, born as equally from San Francisco as it is from Addis Ababa. Meklit’s third record comes out this spring on Six Degrees Records and is produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks). Meklit is a TED Senior Fellow and more than 1 million people have watched her TED Talk, The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds. She has played at Bumbershoot, SXSW, The Kennedy Center, Southbank Centre (London 2013 and 2015), Moods (Zurich), the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz Festival, and many more.
Chimurenga Renaissance is Baba Maraire and Hussein Kalonji. Tendai “Baba” Maraire, the architect of Chimurenga Renaissance, hails from world-renowned Zimbabwean music lineage, as his father was Abraham Dumisani Maraire. Abraham came to America where he helped initiate a flourishing Zimbabwean music scene in the Pacific Northwest. Hussein Kalonji is a first generation Congolese American born in Washington DC. His father was Raymond “Braynck” Kalonji, a world-renowned Congolese guitar legend credited with being the pioneer of the Congolese Rumba Soukouss sound. Baba Maraire and Hussein found it inevitable that they would eventually start playing music together. After seeing each other perform at various shows, they began to blend their two areas of expertise, hip-hop and African music, and they continued to record and develop the sound that would later become “Chimurenga Renaissance.”
FEATURED ARTISTS BACKED BY
Originally curated by Owuor Arunga, and directed this year by Teo Shantz, Pyramid has been Madaraka Festival’s house band since 2014. This powerhouse team includes members of Kore Ionz, Theoretics, Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band, and Grieves.
Big World Breaks
Big World Breaks – a production company built for stage, studio and education. Directed by Aaron Walker-Loud, they have provided live show backing for artists such as: Grammy Nominated singer Wayna, Sy Smith, Zo!, Dr. Julian Priester, Choklate, Kimberly Nichole, Jumaane Smith, Massive Monkees, and Xperience.
Don’t miss performances by surprise guest artists!
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Saturday, June 24
8:00pm (doors 7:30pm)