If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to
far go together. ~ African Proverb
Voice of Maasai is a music/media brand empowering
emerging talent from Maasailand and beyond.
Our artists are taking action and speaking out in regards to the decisions being made for their homeland and the future of one of the world’s most valuable landscapes, Maasailand and the Savannah's of East Africa.
It is our vision to advance opportunities, crack stereotypes and build bridges for our 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.
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.
Journey to Tanzania
Jessey Jansen, Founder and Executive Producer, has 20+years experience in fine arts, graphic design, project management and social entrepreneurship. As the visionary, Jessey is responsible for scouting talent, management, sales, brand design, distribution and everything in between ~ she diligently builds her talent team and then allows the creativity to be unleashed.
In 2011, Jessey first journeyed to Tanzania as result of a sponsorship she received for her fine art series, MyPOP.
As she visited Maasailand with a local women’s collective, she was invited to see a performance by Maasai vocalists. After the performance, the mama’s approached her and started a dialogue
about their plight. They asked for help in sharing their story and Jessey took the request seriously. From there, Jessey envisioned a music album that would provide a platform for the individuals to share their stories and generate a supplemental royalty income through sales
of the music.
She set off on the open-ended journey that she now defines as serengetidipity and manages all aspects of Voice of Maasai brand.
Please see here for more of Jessey's portfolio