WHAT IS WAKO KUNGO?
The WAKO KUNGO is a safe space for all artists to come together and raise the culture and themselves in order to establish a movement that may improve safety, the social, environmental, and economic conditions of society. Because each and every member of Wako Kungo has their own lives, projects, and careers, and because we are a non-profit organization, we solely use any winnings from the sessions to produce the events. The concept was conceived by Mistah Isaac in February 2022, and since then, the audience has rapidly increased. From a room of 50 people when we first started, 200 people now regularly attend our live sessions, which run as follows:
We always make sure to have artists from many crafts, including musicians, poets, dancers, painters, and actors, and we're now aiming to expand the spectrum while also fostering a welcome atmosphere. At Wako, there is no fat phobia, homophobia, racism, ageism, or any other sort of prejudice because we don't practice it. All of the musicians we invite to jam sessions receive a stage, photos, and videos. As previously said, we are a safe space for all artists to express themselves in whichever way they want. They can sing original music, which we prefer, but they can also sing anything they want.
The team is lead by mc Mistah Isaac, followed by the director of operations Diaza, the music director Célio Cardoso, our assistant music director Emilio Lobo, our marketing and designer Brenda Franklin and our photographer and video director Ruben Andrade.
What are the objectives of Wako Kungo sessions?
We want to make a difference in society, especially in Lisbon, using Wako Kungo. Over the past ten years, there has been a developing cultural movement in the city with artists from all over the world, and most of the time, those artists don't have a platform to present their work. WAKO KUNGO is a place that also works for that.
In order to increase awareness, we always make an attempt to be inclusive, with a wide variety of cultures represented at our sessions.
WE WANT TO HAVE A POWERFUL IMPACT IN OUR SOCIETY. We want everyone listening to us to become more socially conscious. Because we are significant contributors to society as artists, makers, listeners, and educators, it is imperative that they all pay attention to what each and every artist has to say.
We ask people to work with us as interns when the event is big, and we pay them with the money from the event.
When it comes to the environment, we always make sure that the places where we conduct our creations are clean when we leave them. We also ensure that the audience respects and preserves the space and its surroundings.
Since Wako Kungo is erratic, we constantly search for new locations and don't maintain it in one spot for long. to encourage exercise and provide individuals a chance to discover their local area.
The project's next step is to launch a crowdsourcing site so we can continue sponsoring our events. We also hope to build a bridge for artists who reside outside of Portugal and give them the chance to experience our lovely Lisbon via Kungo's eyes.
At the Wako Kungo sessions, all forms of art are welcome.
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