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The 9th Edition of Sawa Sawa Festival will be held from the 16th to the 19th March 2016 at the Sarakasi Dome, Ngara. True to the spirit of celebrating our homegrown talent, this year’s theme will be focusing on Sarakasi Trust’s 15 year’s journey in supporting the local performing talent and giving the youths an opportunity for exposure on the Sawa Sawa platform.

Sarakasi Trust initiated the annual Sawa Sawa Festival to create a unique festival with an African cultural identity. This year’s festival will feature Kenya’s finest and as always at hand will be the Sarakasi All Stars to spice up the event, , showcasing the best in acrobatics and dance.

Wednesday 16th March: Press Round Table

From 11am: a networking session between artists and the media creating an opportunity to discuss the issues of moving the industry forward. Hosted by Arthur K and Emmanuel Ntoyai.

Thursday 17th March: Artist’s take over

This will be a stakeholder’s forum from 11am at the same venue involving key stakeholders and policy makers in the industry. Hosted by Anyiko Awoko and Anitah Mbuguah.

Friday 18th March: Sarakasi Says Thank You – VIP opening

This will be the official opening of the Sawa Sawa Festival 2016. Attendance is by invite only. It is scheduled to start at 8pm, the Sarakasi Dome and will feature Amos and Josh, Gloria Muliro, Sarakasi All-stars, Dj Joe Mfalme and MC Adelle Anyango

Saturday 19th March: Hip Hop Meets Reggae

During the day we have various activities lined up for the public; these include Sawa Sawa cypher, Street Djs Competition and Dj Sejo

In the evening Performance by Abbas, L Ness, Lavosti, Graviiti Band, Sarakasi All Star and Dj Kace


For more details contact Anitah on +254 721865166 0R +254 722814133

The Sawa Sawa Festival main sponsor is CKU Denmark and the emphasis is on active youth participation.

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Sarakasi Artists Back From Ethno Sweden

95 participants from19 countries gave us a magical last concert at Ethno 2015. The venue at Rättviksparken was sold out, the concert had to be postponed for ten minutes, still all the listeners did not get in before Ethno started.

And the concert was a fantastic musical smorgasboard of delicate spices from all over the world! Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia and the audience never seemed to get enough of the dishes!  – Ethno Sweden


Among them were three of Sarakasi’s most promising talent, Fatiya (Drummer and Singer), Nanha (Singer and Percussionist) and Sonia (Singer and Dancer). The three had earlier been picked through a two day rigorous process of elimination that saw over 60 musicians audition at Sarakasi Dome. They then came together for two weeks of intensive training and creating together under the watchful eye of veteran Sarakasi Musician and Percussionist Ted Walukwe.

Ethno Sweden is a celebration of world folk music and features hundreds of musicians from all over the world. Our artists had the privilege to join their peers in Rättvik, Sweden for 7 days of cultural exchange and celebration. While there they got an opportunity to make presentations on various aspects of Kenyan folk music, borrowing heavily from the five main ethnic communities. They also had the opportunity to witness performances by musicians from other countries and later join them in workshops and performances.

The musicians touched down at JKIA on Saturday 4th July 2014 and had so much to share with us. “It was such an eye opener for me, to realize that among all this electronic music (I also play lead and bass guitar), so many youth from all over the world are still holding on to their roots. I have come come with a very healthy appreciation of our traditional instruments and culture” said Fatiya

Sarakasi Trust cordially invites you to our first production of 2015 and the first of our VIP Nights edition. Our choreographers, led by Edu have put together a celebration of dance, acrobatics and music as presented by our artists, The Sarakasi Allstars.

The event begins at 1900hrs on 26th February at the Sarakasi Dome. We have ample and secure parking and drinks will be on sale. Tickets are going for 1000ksh per head and can be bought at our offices or delivered to you. Kindly call on of the following numbers:


Rahim: :+254721814133
Edu: :+254721814133
Eric: :+254721814133


To the local artisans/crafts people who would like to showcase their work at the #SawaSawaFest2014 on 6th Saturday, there are tents available at a very affordable price of only Kshs,3000 per tent. Book a space now. #SawaSawaFest2014

For more information visit www.sarakasi.org , www.facebook.com/SarakasiTrust @SarakasiTrust

E-mail jane@Sarakasi.co.ke or info@sarakasi.co.ke

Saturday December 6th from 2pm till late at Sawa Sawa Day 2: Nafsi Huru, Smallz Lethal, Sojourners Reggae Band, Oksyde, Kaligraph Jones, Deejay Kace, Meekie Humble, Huthead & the Chakalion Band, Graffiti and poetry workshops, Kenneth B, Sitawa, Slim MC (UG), Kalamashaka, P-Unit, Size8, Deejay Joe Mwafalme and of course the Sarakasi Dancers and Acrobats.

DON’t MISS !!! Check Out Oksydes shout out…

Sawa Sawa 2014

The 8th edition of the Sawa Sawa Festival will take place on 5th and 6th December 2014 at the Sarakasi Dome, with the opening VIP Party on Friday 5th December dubbed “Hennessy Red carpet” from 7pm-midnight and 6th Dec from 10am-till late.

The Friday ‘Sawa Sawa Hennessy Red Carpet’ Opening: this evening will be the official opening of the Festival with a themed Red Carpet VIP party. On the line up are H_Art the Band, Sarabi, the All Star Deejays and a Sarakasi Circus-Dance Production. Simultaneously there will be event on our rooftop which will be hosted by the Santuri Safari Deejays.

Saturday ‘Party till you Drop’: 10am-till late

Performances by , Kalamashaka, Khaligraph Jones, Oksyde, Nafsi Huru ,Smallz Lethal and Reggae artist Meekie & Humble and the Sojourners Band. In addition workshops will include Graffiti as well as Poetry Workshops led by Kenyan spoken word artists Kenneth B and Sitawa complimented by Ugandan Poet Slim Emcee.

For the evening program from 8pm-till late Deejay Joe Mfalme, P-UNIT and Size 8 will bring the curtain down followed by a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. During this whole day the Sarakasi Dancers and Acrobats will be part of the program.


For more information visit www.sarakasi.org , www.facebook.com/SarakasiTrust @SarakasiTrust

E-mail jane@Sarakasi.co.ke or info@sarakasi.co.ke

October is a very special!!! Disco for youth with special needs will be happening on the 3rd of October as they close the year in style right here at the‪#‎SarakasiDome‬ from 2pm -spread the word


SEPT is Here and The HIP HOP Hookup Just got better!! In our quest for #KEmusic to be embraced and given due acceptance/airplay/recognition throughout our society setting and ART to be considered a force to reckon with,both locally and to rep beyond borders,we take matters into our own hands…we will be playing local music at the event 100%,launching new videos,projects and let artists represent what they BELIEVE IN.
Ladies and Gentlemen,WE ARE ON,THE 13th SEPTEMBER AT Sarakasi Dome
LIVE ON SATGE- #KhaligraphJones amongst other performances.


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Mombasa are you ready? Sarakasi Umoja team will be in your hood on Friday (tomorrow) they will be at the Wema Centre and on Saturday they will be at the Voyager beach Resort!! Mombasa twasija  Juliani the Umoja Kenya ambassador might just surprise you just before the tour ends!! Keep it here for more details