One Vibe Africa to host the first edition of Madaraka Festival in Kisumu


Madaraka Festival has been one of the most consistent African events celebrating in the Diaspora. The event has been 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. Since 2014, Madaraka Festival has attracted more than 7,000 patrons and reached over 3 million people digitally.

For the very first time, One Vibe Africa is set to host the 2019 Madaraka Festival in Kisumu, Kenya. Bringing together musicians, creatives and music fans alike, the international cultural extravaganza will be held on August 3rd 2019 at the Kisumu Beach Resort from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

One Vibe Africa is a grassroots, Seattle-based nonprofit organization that creates cultural and innovative programs and events to promote social welfare and economic empowerment for youth in the Manyatta slum of Kisumu, Kenya. One Vibe uses music, visual art, dance, culture, poetry and film to bring hope to youth who suffer from extreme poverty. Through their efforts, they inspire youth toward a deeper appreciation of their culture and traditions, inspiring them to reach their highest creative potential.

Now on its sixth year, the annual festival has been held in Seattle, WA since 2014 at the prestigious Museum of Pop Culture at Seattle Center opposite the Gates Foundation Headquarters. The 2019 edition will be a culmination of a week-long activities featuring live music, storytelling, poetry, exhibitions, workshops and a film festival.

The artist line up this year reflects a blend of Kenyan and diaspora sounds with artists drawn from across different genres. The acts who will be performing include, Kenyan prolific rapper Khaligraph Jones, legendary femcee Nazizi, the eclectic soulful R&B singer Karun, soulful singer-songwriter Bensoul, music collective Nairobi Horns Project, American rapper Mazzi and Soul Purpose, rapper Nafsi Huru, sensational Ohangla artist Musa Jakadalla of the famous hit “Hera Remo”, music trio from Kisumu CBK Music, One Vibe Band and DJs: Kriss Darling and Suraj.

Ahead of the event, the Founder and Executive Director of One Vibe Africa, Simon Okelo says,

“Madaraka Festival provides the resources for these vital artistic exchanges. We have hundreds of youth now participating in One Vibe Africa’s programs in Kenya as a direct result of the collaboration between Seattle artists involved in Madaraka Festival. We hope to achieve more.”

Hosted by renowned Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi, the MCs for the night will be MC Jakakamega and MC Mbom.

KISUMU BEACH RESORT (KBR) is a family run eco-friendly hotel situated on the banks of Lake Victoria. Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kisumu, at KBR you’ll be surrounded by lush green lawns, mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, and sights of magnificent birds and hippos grazing by the banks. The vast space allows you to set up picnics or tents for camping! You can also enjoy boat riding and fishing.

Regular Tickets: Ksh. 300
VIP Tickets: Ksh. 2000.
Kids: Free! Under 13
Tickets on sale at Mookh: https://mookh.com/event/madaraka-festival Or dial *483*9# on your Safaricom line

To book your vending spaces Contact 0723 157 740

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