Amplifying Black Voices in Family Music
Sept 19 & 20 • 3-5 pm ET / noon-2 pm PT
Streamed Live via WEE Nation’s YouTube page
Kukuza is Swahili for amplify, and this festival amplified Black Voices with a spectacular lineup of Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists with live performances across a range of genres.
If you missed Kukuza Fest, you missed a history-making event. For the first time ever, there was a virtual two-day festival amplifying Black voices in family music. It was powered by WEE Nation Radio, a Black-owned media company owned by yours truly, Uncle Devin.
Kukuza Fest Videos
It was organized in association with the Family Music Forward Collective and we had over 13 thousand worldwide views in over four countries on all of our social media accounts and growing. Children and family music will never be the same.
The event was hosted by Emmy winners, Pierce Freelon and Markette Sheppard and featured the following artists and special guests:
Shine and the Moonbeams, Monique Martin, Father Goose & Irie Goose, Quynn Johnson, Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas, Uncle Devin, Tequitia Andrews, Renee Georges, Divinity Roxx, Dan + Claudia Zanes, Erika Alexander, SaulPaul, Alphabet Rockers' Tommy Soulati Shepherd and Tommy T3PO Shepherd, Ella Jenkins & Tim Ferrin, Joseck Asikoye of Jabali Afrika, JC Stringz, Rissi Palmer, STEMusic's Roye Moye III, Uncle Jumbo, Reggie Harris, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. and Aaron Nigel Smith.
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Kukuza Fest is powered by WEE Nation Radio in association with the Family Music Forward Collective.
Become a Kukuza Sponsor!
Your sponsorship will support our amazing artists, and provide seed money for more initiatives designed to amplify Black voices and make Family Music more inclusive for all. Your sponsorship will also support the growth of WEE Nation Radio, a free 24/7 online family music radio station featuring Jazz, Hip Hop, World Music and more which typically are not included in mainstream radio and media.
Be part of our effort to make Family Music more inclusive. JOIN US AS A SPONSOR TODAY! Help sponsor our next Kukuza Fest, WEE Nation Radio and Family Music Forward initiatives.
Your sponsorship will help fund
programs and strategies to accelerate Black artists at any stage of their careers
production grants for Black Family Music creators
advocacy efforts to make Family Music more inclusive and diverse
Or make a tax-deductible donation
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Funds Donated So Far
Fundraising Goal: $60,000
Changemakers for Racial Equity
The Family Music Forward Collective brings together a diverse group of individuals who care about Family Music.
We are committed to transforming Family Music by supporting Black artists, children, and communities and by dismantling individual, institutional, and systemic racial bias within the industry.
We envision a time when Black artists will have equitable visibility, opportunity and compensation within the Family Music industry, and when all children and families will have access to performers and music that welcome, reflect and celebrate them. We believe that liberation of Black artists and families is liberation for all.
FMF members and collaborators:
WEE Nation Radio (Devin Walker, Lolita Walker), Shine & the Moonbeams (Shawana Kemp), SaulPaul, Pierce Freelon, Alphabet Rockers (Tommy Shepherd, Kaitlin McGaw), One World Chorus (Aaron Nigel Smith), 123 Andres (Andrés Salguero, Christina Sanabria), Little Miss Ann (Ann Torralba), Karen Kalafatas, Mil’s Trills (Amelia Robinson), Alastair Moock and Brittany Parker