Madaraka Festival

African showcase to empower youth in Kisumu, Kenya.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

This event is all ages.


One Vibe Africa and MoPOP present the fourth annual Madaraka Festival, a night of music and purpose.

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. The festival will also feature the premiere of Madaraka The Documentary, a powerful short film about empowering our communities through the arts and entrepreneurship.

All proceeds go directly to One Vibe Africa and youth in Kisumu, Kenya. 

HOSTED BY Njuguna Gichuru 


Rocky Dawuni is a GRAMMY®-nominated Ghanaian singer and songwriter. Dawuni’s infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans across the globe. Dawuni has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Bono, Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae and John Legend, among many others.

Meklit Hadero is an Ethio-American singer, composer, and cultural instigator. Her music sits on the hyphen line, born as equally from San Francisco as it is from Addis Ababa. She has played at Bumbershoot, SXSW, The Kennedy Center, Southbank Centre , Moods, the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz Festival, and much more.  

Dynamq is a South Sudanese refugee turned international recording artist. 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.

Otieno Terry is a man of many musical talents. The R&B pianist, singer, songwriter and guitarist won first place at MoPOP's 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.

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 is 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.



Date and Time

June 24, 2017

8:00pm (7:30pm)


325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109


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