If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to
far go together. ~ African Proverb
We are an East African music label and media brand, focused on empowering individual creativity in and around Maasailand.
It is our vision to share individual perspectives, advance opportunities, crack stereotypes and build bridges for creative talent. We focus on connecting a global audience with emerging Maasai talent to provide an authentic and nuanced view of the Savannah's of East Africa.
Meet Our Founder
Jessey Jansen has 20+years experience in fine arts, graphic design, project management and social entrepreneurship. Her goal with VOM is to create a platform for emerging talent to share their story which evokes the authenticity, independence and rhythm of Maasailand. She is inspired by the strength, strife and dynamism of this landscape.
Why This Matters
The Maasai, famous as herders and warriors, live in the semi-arid Rift Valley Region of Kenya and Tanzania. Traditionally the Maasai have always been a proud and independent pastoralist tribe that did not depend on cultivated land and a cash economy, rather they lived off the blood, milk and meat that their cattle provided them.
As globalization increasingly results in evictions of the Maasai from their homeland, the youth stand at a precipice, hemmed in on all sides as their traditional social patterns and way of life are disrupted, though their spirit remains strong. Finding ways forward in their increasingly changing world, they need to be heard, their stories be told. Our goal is to help bridge this gap by providing a platform for expression and professional growth for emerging talent.
"Serengetidipity, when two unlikely things come together in a happy and beneficial way"
Message From Jessey
In 2006, post bachelor degree, I was nominated as an emerging artist for a series of artwork titled, MyPOP (My Print on Poverty). That work led to a sponsorship to volunteer internationally; in 2011 I journeyed to Tanzania.
As I visited Maasailand with a local women’s collective, I was invited to see a performance by a Maasai choir. After the moving performance, the mama’s approached me and started a dialogue about their plight. I was intensely energized but was departing Tanzania the next day.
I boarded my flight consumed by the idea to record and produce a music CD of the choir. I returned to the US and for the next year diligently worked on finding resources, coordinating logistics and fundraising. In summer of 2012, I set-off for Tanzania for the recording.
VOM has since evolved into the official independent label and currently has a talent roster of over 25 artists, featuring original music, podcast, articles and visual art competitions for emerging talent in Maasailand.
My vision has always been to advance opportunities, crack stereotypes and build bridges for creative talent. Voice of Maasai has allowed me and my team to stretch boundaries of possibilities for everyone involved.