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 is an East African organization based in Nairobi which responds to the need for development and promotion of culture, performing arts, and entertainment by means of acrobatics, dance, and music.
Sarakasi supports new, yet very professional, artists from Nairobi, who are often born and raised in the slums. It gives these artists the opportunity to have control over their talents, their lives, and their careers. By giving these artists a stage, Sarakasi also provides entertainment for the inhabitants of Nairobi. This is done by organizing festivals and events. These festivals and events are widely supported, and additionally, they are free.
The Trust’s ‘Outreach Social Circus Training Program’ is the first level in the Sarakasi training model which gives courses in dance and acrobatics on several locations in the slums of Nairobi. The next levels in the training model not only provide entertainment and technical skill training, it also provides life skill training and a chance to practice at the Sarakasi Dome, where the Trust is located. This program is a way out of poverty, and a proven opportunity to have a successful future for hundreds of young artists. They may even gain an international career, as Sarakasi also provides international exchanges and commercial contacts.
Cirque du Soleil has agreed to support the ‘Outreach Social Circus Training Program’ by donating 150 tickets for their show KOOZA on the 27th of March 2014 to the Sarakasi Trust. Sarakasi may sell these tickets for a slightly higher price. By buying tickets for this show, you have the opportunity to witness a wonderful show, while donating to the program at the same time. By buying a ticket you will enable Sarakasi to reach out to more vulnerable youth
Through its outreach program, have fun and train and giving them an actual chance to a sustainable future.
With this email, I appeal to several potentially interested parties: individuals, schools, and associations and companies interested in art, culture, theater, social development, Kenya, or Cirque du Soleil. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested as well.
The ticket prizes are:
Category 1: € 80.00
Category 2: € 63.50
Category 3: € 50.50
To order tickets, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts and culture for a better world!
2013 SAWA SAWA FESTIVAL PUSHED TO A LATER DATE IN THE YEAR
From 2002, Sarakasi Trust has established a legacy in Kenya by organizing high profile events and mega concerts. Important objectives for hosting an event of this kind are to develop audiences, bring profile and exposure to Kenyan artists and build capacity in the area of cultural entrepreneurship and festival production.
Sarakasi Trust initiated the concept of the annual Sawa Sawa Festival to create a unique festival with an African identity appealing to the Kenyan public at large while at the same time creating an opportunity to reach out to audiences across age, gender, cultural and economical back grounds.
Sawa Sawa aims to promote and stage the performing arts through several platforms like workshops, exchanges between local and international artistes, technical skill and cultural sharing workshops, community building (theme) activities, jam sessions/studio recordings, media activations and the multi stage multi day concerts.
The Sawa Sawa Festival attracts audiences of over 100,000 people. From inception, the festival takes place around the Madaraka weekend in June. However since Kenya is celebrating its JUBILEE (50YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE) the organizers have moved the Festival to December to be able to join in the great celebrations. It will be bigger and better!!! We apologize for any inconveniences . We will keep you all posted,
please do not hesitate to contact us for more information