The TI Sawa Sawa Festival 2010 Program

* Music, Poetry & Acrobatics *
* Saturday 29th May 2010 10 AM to 6 AM:
Sarakasi Dome
* Sunday 30th May 2010 – 10 AM to 5 PM:
Kasarani Stadium

    * ENTRY * FREE *

The fourth edition of Sawa Sawa Festival is here again, this time extended to five days! It is back with a bang that will see high profile artists feature in the event. Furthermore, this year Transparency International has team up with Sarakasi Trust to bring the festival dubbed the TI Sawa Sawa Festival 2010. The festival will be a platform to conduct civic education on good governance, and encourage Kenyans to be active citizens when it comes to anti corruption and good governance: “Wajibika sasa, fighting corruption begins with you”

Legendary reggae artist Don Carlos is set to perform at the reggae event at Kasarani Stadium on the 30th May 2010 along other local and international artists. Don Carlos was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical breeding ground for many of Reggae’s greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy, just to name but a few.

Watch this space and keep your heads up. Three days of workshops and exchange programs with local and international talented artistes from 26th to 28th May 2010 at Sarakasi Dome in Ngara followed by free diverse music extravaganza beginning on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May during the day at Sarakasi Dome and Kasarani Stadiums’ Laureates Gardens respectively.

We intend to conduct capacity building workshops on Wednesday 26th Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May, morning and afternoon sessions, as well as series of media visits with artistes and local talent for publicity, interviews and audience building.

Saturday 29th May Saturday (at the Sarakasi Dome-Ngara) will see a youth event (during the day) including our WAPI platform / stage, exhibitions by visual artistes, cultural merchandise, brand merchandise, outdoor video wall, skill factory (youth capacity building), information stalls and so on. On the line up are LNess, Moroko, Ukoo Flani, Mista Ree, Cannibal, Mzungu Kichaa, GKon, Sarakasi Dancers, Batuque Batucade (Brazil), DJ Zaq and MC Point Blank. During the night we plan a Deejay music night dubbed ‘Feel the Beat’ with DJ Adrian, MOB Deejays, Six AM Deejays, Prezzo, Daddy Owen, Sarakasi Acrobats, Batuque Batucada and MC Blaze. The Deaf Community will be targeted to be included in this event as well.

Sunday 30th May at the Kasarani Sports Centre (Laureate field) will usher a reggae day concert with exhibitions, cultural and merchandise displays/markets /information stalls, outdoor video wall and so on. The main artist will be Don Carlos and the Dub Vision Band (Jamaica) who will share the stage with Aluta Continua (Jamaica), Ousmane, Bafu Chafu, Dotty Family Deejays, MC Njambi (all from Kenya), Zelia Duncan and Batuque Batucade (both from Brazil).

Notably abscent is the presence of an Africa Music category in which Sarakasi has always brought one of the great African Music Legends. They have previously brought the likes of Baaba Mal, Mahotella Queens, Hugh Masekela, Ayub Ogada among others.

I sure hope its not because of lack of funding as the festival this year has 20 sponsors.  I hope to find out from them soon.

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