“It’s like a Vibration.”
These are the words at the beginning of this documentary, an artist seeking to empower the Kenyan youth through a sustainable development of their culture and the world around them. Perhaps it’s meant to signal the ripple effect that occurs when one dares to do what they truly want, and the support one gets when they get the ball rolling.
Madaraka features personalities such as Sauti Sol, Owuor Arunga, Sossun and Nazizi from Kenya as well as Ghanaian Blitz The Ambassador and founder of Sarakasi Trust, Marion Van Djick. The feature shot in Nairobi and Kisumu sees these artists encourage the next generation of creatives to be self-reliant through collaborative cultural expression.
Check out the trailer below:
The project is the brainchild of Simon Okello of One Vibe Africa and written by Wael “L” Abou-Zaki. The film follows world renown artists as they conduct workshops with the youth and elders in order to discuss the Madaraka concept in the African culture. The writer feels that this has not been brought out enough in the mainstream media. Simon also highlights some of his childhood experiences and a few of the projects carried out by One Vibe Africa. He worked as a producer in Seatle, USA, for a number of years where he participated in the development of a community that allows for cultural exchange with African and US based artists.
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