Madaraka Festival 2016

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Madaraka Fest

Annual benefit concert at EMP Museum in support of One Vibe Africa’s youth arts programs.

SEATTLE – EMP Museum and One Vibe Africa present Madaraka Festival, a benefit concert and artisan market in support of One Vibe’s youth arts programs on Saturday, May 28. The festival brings artists, activists, and community members from throughout the world to Seattle to raise money and support to sustain One Vibe’s programs and celebrate the arts as an instrument of empowerment.
In line with this focus, the theme of this year’s event is “Women's Empowerment.” Developing female leaders is a key component of One Vibe’s mission, and in honor of this directive the festival will feature a predominantly female artist lineup and celebrate the women and girls that lead and serve our communities. 
The night will feature spectacular musical performances by Owuor Arunga, Choklate, D’bi Young Anitafrika, and others (including surprise special guests!) with hosts Naomi Wachira and Willy M. Tuva. The artisan market will also feature original work by students and teachers from the port city of Kisumu, Kenya. All proceeds go directly to One Vibe Africa and benefit the youth it serves.

Saturday, May 28, 2016,  8:00pm (doors 7:15pm)

EMP Museum
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

$25 general admission;
$200 VIP
  • Private VIP experience in EMP’s Blue Lounge includes:
  • Private elevator access to a bird’s-eye view of Sky Church with soft seating
  • Hosted bar with beer, wine, and light snacks
  • Meet-and-greet event with performing artists
  • Networking with Seattle-based corporate executives whose work has global impact
  • Silent auction of exclusive artwork
  • Gift bag
  • All ages (21+ bar with valid ID). For more information, visit


Owuor Arunga is a legendary trumpeter, One Vibe Global Ambassador, and Madaraka Festival Artistic Director. Arunga went to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York where the musicians he admired acted as mentors. You may recognize him as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ trumpeter.

Choklate is an international singer-songwriter who has shared the stage and/or collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre, Warryn Campbell, Anthony Hamilton, De La Soul, Eric Roberson, Boys II Men, Bilal, Anthony David, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Nikka Costa, Baaba Maal, Res, Erykah Badu, Dwele, Raheem DeVaughn, Roy Ayers, Blacksheep, and many more. Her self-titled release in 2006 and its subsequent re-release in 2008 created tremendous global buzz, and with the release of 2009’s To Whom It May Concern, Choklate once again teamed up with hip-hop/soul producer Vitamin D to deliver a critically-acclaimed album. Her latest offering, FLY, was released October 2012 and features collaborations with Musiq Soulchild, Phonte of Little Brother, and Foreign Exchange.

Canadian Poet of Honor and YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts D’bi Young Anitafrika, is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dubpoet, playwright-monodramatist, arts educator, and theatre director whose trans-disciplinary work explores themes of identity, gender, sexuality, divinity, the erotic, race, class, and the human experience. She is the creator of The Sorplusi Method, which has been employed by The Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Banff Centre, U of T, MaRS, and other institutions globally. She is Founder and Artistic Director of The Watah Theatre and Anitafrika Retreat Centre, and is a recipient of two Doras, a KM Hunter Theatre Award, a Mayor’s Arts Award, a Vital People Award, and a Toronto Leadership Lab Fellowship. Anitafrika recently launched her new band—D’BI. & THE 333—with Sudanese master musician Waleed Abdulhamid, and has published her third collection of poetry, OYA. 

Bassist, singer, and songwriter Nik West’s recent credits include work with artists such as Prince, John Mayer, Marcus Miller, and most recently, special guest appearances on American Idol. While working on her first album, Just In The Nik Of Time, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics became acquainted with West’s work and reached out to her to work with him on several projects. Within days she was performing with Stewart in Los Angeles to capacity crowds. In March 2014, Nik graced the pages of Bass Player Magazine with Daft Punk bassist Nathan East. She has also appeared on the covers of iBass Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, Image and Style Magazine, Bass Quarterly Germany, and has been featured in numerous publications for Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, Afropunk, and more. She is the face of and was a partner in helping to develop a brand new line of basses called the Dimension Bass by Fender. She is also the brainchild behind the Queen of Strings Competition, discovering, inspiring, and teaching young women self-esteem and discipline through an instrument.

Runka AKA Karun is a vocalist, instrumentalist, and budding engineer/producer, currently attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Formally known as “Miss Karun” of the internationally acclaimed band, Camp Mulla, her follow-up solo album Sun & Moon debuted as a leading release in East Africa supported by Kenya’s president, who declared her an artist destined to make Africa proud. In recent years, Runka has worked with a multitude of notable musicians and producers across Africa (Boddhi Satva, Fena, Wangechi, Kato Change, Jojo Abot) and appeared on Kenya’s leading national platforms NTV, Kiss TV, and Coke Studios, performing in both East and South African territories for major corporate tours such as SAFARICOM LIVE. She is currently touring with the collective Cosmic Homies, who just made their first US appearance at the annual SXSW music, film, and interactive festival in Austin, TX.

Kouyaté Arts is an artistic musical group directed by a husband-and-wife team: Aboubacar “Boka” and Afua Kouyaté. The group, Kouyaté Arts, is a vibrant component of the Adefua non-profit organization. The Adefua Cultural Education Workshop (ACEW) is committed to developing and maintaining relationships with community agencies, cultural councils, school districts, scholars, parents, and education-focused organizations. The vast degree of relationships formed over the past 30 years have been used to maximize ACEW’s ability to preserve and share African traditions as well as deliver messages that are relevant to modern struggles. The sounds and the sights of the Kouyaté Arts Performance Company is an exotic blend of traditions and sounds from Guinea-Conakry, Senegal, Nigeria, the Caribbean, and African-American heritage. The live music, song, and dance presents a festive and dynamic style of West African dance. 

Naomi Wachira
Willy M. Tuva (Radio Citizen-Kenya)

One Vibe Africa is a Seattle non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Kenyan youth toward a deeper appreciation of culture and tradition, empowering them to develop their own creative potential. To learn more about One Vibe Africa, visit

EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors.  At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.
EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office


About One Vibe Africa
One Vibe Africa is a Seattle based nonprofit that empowers disadvantaged youth in Kenya by providing them with after school music and arts classes that inspire them to develop their artistic talents and avoid negative activities. Madaraka Festival is a fundraising concert and arts showcase to raise the money needed to sustain the Music & Arts Program in 2016.

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