Wangari Fahari is a Kenyan singer, writer, conservationist and founder of The Fahari Brand. Which Includes Fahari Records Inc. Fahari Baby and Fahari Designs.
She is best known for her African soundscapes centered on East African music. Taking 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. Wangari's music is best described as warm vocal tones, dominated by pronounced melodies as poetry effortlessly sashays through three languages English, Swahili and Kikuyu.
Influenced by singer Miriam Makeba who mentored and shaped her at a young age. She uses her voice to bring change around the world. Her work knows no boundaries.
Guitarist Paul Thibeault and Wangari created Wangari Volume 1 an album influenced by Wangari's 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 most elite stages in Northern California. 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.
Joan Baez took Wangari under her wing for private lessons and guidance Wangari spent a large amount of time at the singers house and later Joan introduced her to her producer, friend Alan Abrahams and singer Maxyan Lewis. Who made a major impact in this singers life.
Wangari collaborated with 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's album 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 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 National Heritage Award winner Balla Kouyate of Mali on her new project and as a singer, dancer with Crocodile River music bringing African arts in Education.
Faith is the bird that feels the light while the dawn is still dark.