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– YES Magazine

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About the Madaraka Festival

One Vibe is proud to unveil the eighth annual Madaraka Festival on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday August 14th. Madaraka Festival brings Africa’s finest musicians and creatives together with world renowned artists and innovators for a celebration of music and civic purpose. The festival will be held from 2:00 pm at Pier 62 at Waterfront Park in Seattle, Washington where we will have live musical performances, African food, and art! The festival will also be streamed for a global audience on YouTube and Facebook. In these unprecedented times, it is vital that we stand in solidarity with one another and enjoy the creativity that has sustained us through challenging times. What better way to live in the post-pandemic period than being the Global Village that we are!

Since 2014, Madaraka Festival has attracted more than 12,000 patrons & reached over 15 million people annually while empowering diversity and inclusion in the Seattle community. Madaraka Festival has uniquely deepened the relationship between African, African American communities, and fostered partnerships with other international communities while shifting narrative and honoring cultural dynamics. In 2019, this international cultural extravaganza was a culmination of an entire week of activities in Kisumu, Kenya where One Vibe Africa originated. In 2020, Madaraka happened virtually and raised seed capital for 106 women who run small scale businesses in three Kenyan slums. Madaraka provided an opportunity for nearly 100 African-Americans to participate in cross-cultural exchange programs. In 2021, Madaraka Festival was held at Bellevue Youth Theater’s outdoor amphitheater headlined by Grammy Award nominated reggae legend, Pato Banton as part of his world peace tour.

Our Goal

This year, Madaraka Festival will honor African and African American culture while elevating their voices and creating community cohesion. The founder of One Vibe Africa and Madaraka Festival Simon Javan Okelo, has curated a lineup that will be unveiled as we get closer to the date of the event. We are excited to come together in the spirit of unity to collaborate with Converge Media, Common Good Church, RVC Seattle, Langston Seattle, Wa Na Wari, N333D Creative, NW Film Forum, NW Folklife Festival, Microsoft, and other organizations, sponsors, and partners to bring to you the 2022 Madaraka Festival.

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Here’s How We Intend to Do it!

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YEAR ONE

Madaraka Festival in Kisumu, Kenya on August 3rd 2019

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YEAR TWO

Madaraka Festival in Kisumu, Kenya in June 2020

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YEAR THREE

Madaraka Festival in multiple cities in East Africa in 2021

YEAR FOUR

Madaraka Festival at Pier 62 at Waterfront Park in Seattle, Washington

Previous Sponsors & Partners

 The Recording Academy, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omprakash Foundation, EMP Museum, Arunga Music, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Seattle Art Museum, Zaki Rose, Café Avole, African-American Kenyan Women’s Interconnect, Taya Sola Company, London Bridge Studios, Africatown Center For Innovation, African Chamber of Commerce, Kenyan-American Youth Association, 206 Zulu, A Real Grip, Big World Breaks Entertainment, DedSilva International Shipping, M-ACCESS, Talanta Afrika, Nyanza Reproductive, Liverpool VCT, What’s Good Network, Liquid Telecom, PAWA254, and  County Government of Kisumu