Wangari Fahari is a Kenyan singer, writer, motivational speaker, activist and founder of The Fahari Brand.
She is best known for her modern African soundscapes centered on East Africa. Wangari takes an unusual and innovative approach. Abandoning straight ahead singing and instrumentation of the Swahili folk and Taarab. Instead she features opportunities for continuous improvisation and fusion with musicians from different part of the world. Wangari's music is best described as warm vocal tones, dominated by pronounced melodies as poetry effortlessly sashays through languages such as English, Swahili and Kikuyu.
Collaborating with guitarist Paul Thibeault Wangari created Wangari Volume 1 an album influenced by her roots growing up in Central Kenya. This album caught the attention of Drummer Gabriel Harris of rhythm village and singer, activist Joan Baez. Who worked closely with Wangari to create Wangari Trio and would later lead her to perform on some of the worlds favorite stages. She headlined the "142 Throckmorton Theater" rubbing shoulders with great musicians, activists such as David Harris and politicians such as Ruth Messinger of New York.
Wangari has been mentored by grammy award wimmer Miriam Makeba and mother of folk and activist Joan Baez who took Wangari under her wing for private lessons and guidance Wangari. Joan introduced Alan Abrahams and singer Maxyan Lewis. Who made a major impact in this singers life.
Wangari has collaborated with legends such as African drummer Remi Kabaka, Bass player Wadada Khufu and guitarist Paul Thibeault in Los Angeles to produce Fahari. Wangari's second album which led to two American tours and one international tour. Ricky Lee Jones an American singer and producer whose career spans over five decades was quoted saying Wangari is a "powerhouse" while visiting Soulitude Records in Santa Monica.
Wangari loves making a difference in the world and has teamed up with philanthropic institutions such as The Global Peace Train, The American World Jewish Association, One World Children Fund and The Greenbelt movement. Raising funds and awareness for Child soldiers in Lira, Uganda as well as promoting Kenya's wildlife conservation and Agro-forestry .
As a motivational speaker she creates and narrates motivational videos and is invited to give talks. As director at Artists For Wildlife Conservation, she helped organize a fundraising concert featuring her music with Paul Simon's bass player Bakithi Khumalo and Berklee College Of Music Professors Casey Scheuerell and Suzanne Dean in Brookline, MA. Raising thousands of dollars for endangered Rhino's in Kenya and South Africa. For those who know Wangari they understand her big heart and undying love for nature and people.
Wangari is working with Paul Thibeault, National Heritage Award winner Balla Kouyate (Mali), Thierno Camara (Senegal) and Sidy Maiga of Mali on her new project and is also a singer and educator at Crocodile River music bringing African arts in Education.