Well, the word Madaraka brings to the mind of Kenyans memories of the country’s Independence; that time the country got liberated from the yolks of British colonialization.

As it is, Madaraka Day is a national holiday celebrated every June 1st of every year in Kenya. It commemorates the day in 1963 that Kenya attained independent self-governance after decades as a British colony.

Madaraka is a Swahili word for “freedom, independence”.

The first-ever national Madaraka celebration was in June 1st 1964, and this day has been etched into the annals of the country’s constitution as one of the national holidays to be observed by all.

On August 3rd 2019 Madaraka Festival will bring musicians, creatives, and fans to Kisumu, Kenya for the first time, after being held in Seattle, WA since 2014 at the prestigious Museum of Pop Culture at Seattle Center opposite the Gates Foundation Headquarters.

This is the August Holiday’s Family Event.

It will feature live music, storytelling, poetry, exhibitions, food, kids play area, workshops and a film festival, in an entire week of activities of cultural extravaganza.

Madaraka Festival has been one of the consistent African events celebrating 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.

Madaraka Festival brings Africa’s finest musicians and creatives together with world-renowned artists and innovators for a celebration of music and civic purpose.

Artists to Expect at the Madaraka Festival 2019

The artists to headline Madaraka Festival in Kisumu include Musa Jakadala, The CBK Music, Bensoul, Eric Omondi, Nazizi & Soul Purpose, Kaligraph Jones, Karun and other renowned international artists who have performed at past Madaraka Festivals.

Proceeds from Madaraka Festival goes to One Vibe Africa’s Education Music and Art Program (EMAP) here in the Lakeside City of Kisumu.

Over the last four years, Madaraka Festival has helped One Vibe serve over 1,000 youth through EMAP in Kisumu; build a recording and film production studio to enhance the impact of these programs, and to generate income to help sustain the organization.

The festival will happen on August 3rd 2019 and will be held at the shores of Lake Victoria at the Kisumu Beach Resort, off Old Airport Road.

How Can You Participate in Madaraka Festival 2019?

  • Attend Madaraka Festival – buy tickets here: mookh.com
  • Volunteer at Madaraka Festival
  • Sponsor/Partner with Madaraka Festival
  • Purchase exhibition booth/stall at Madaraka Festival
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