Washington State Africa Network

Directory, Resources & Contacts

Culture, Arts & Music Education Government
Health Labor/trade Non-governmental
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Culture, Arts and Music:

Adefua Cultural Education Workshop and Dance Company, 6716 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118-3631. Tel: 206-722-6602. Fax: 206-722-8711. Email: afua @sttl.uswest.net

African Arts Council, c/o Seattle Art Museum. 100 University St. (downtown Seattle).  Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Monday.  For information call 206-654-3100. 

SAM Africa Art Collection
Third Floor Galleries.

African Drumming/Seattle Information to help you plug into the scene.

African Roots: African pop music dance band.

Akoma Ensemble (African drumming) Available for performances and workshops. akoma @olinplace.com 

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, Seattle WA

Bicycle Africa Programs (Seattle) People-to-people, educational programs to all regions of Africa. 206-767-0848. ibike @ibike.org 

Boka Marimba (Portland, Oregon) Traditional & contemporary music from Zimbabwe and original pieces for marimba, percussion, trumpet, accordion, and pennywhistle from USA. Tel: 503-286-8277. Email: manager @bokamarimba.com.

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, PO Box 22824, Seattle WA 98122-0824.  Tel: 206-323-4032. Fax: 206-323-4036.  Programs encouraging a broader view of African-American culture.

Chiedza Marimba, Seattle WA

Children's Museum West African Village display, Center House (lower level), Seattle. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information call 206-441-1768. Email: tcm @thechildrensmuseum.org

Chiposhi Marimba (Zimbabwe), Seattle WA

Gransango Dance Company - Etienne Cakpo: Contemporary and traditional African music and dance; performance and instruction. 206-417-4679. gansango @yahoo.com

Juba Marimba (Zimbabwe), Bellingham WA

Kalass Unites African pop with other contemporary African world music styles like Zouk, Soca, Jazz, R&B and Funk. 6507 48th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Tel/fax 206-722-5881. kalass @kalass.com

Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle WA 98144. Tel: 206-684-4757.  Fax: 206-233-7149.  Quarterly classes in African dance, music and language.

Lagni-Sussu, Seattle WA. Traditional Guinean music.

Mahonyera Mbira (Zimbabwe), Seattle WA

Mamatamba Marimba (Zimbabwe), Lopez Is WA

Marysville Marimba Ensemble (Zimbabwe), Marysville WA

Maya Soleil, 425-486-4063 or mayasoleil @mindspring.com.  Afro-World Fusion Music & Dance Ensemble, with members from Africa, Asia, Jamaica, and the U.S., Maya Soleil  features Moye Kashimbi and her sister Mwanike Wangu from Zambia and Lora Chiorah-Dye (Sukutai) from Zimbabwe on vocals, African dance, mbira, balafon, and other percussion. The group includes five other members on saxophones, flutes, electric wind instrument, keyboards, balafon, bass, percussion, and a special world drum kit.

Mukana Marimba Ensemble (Zimbabwe), Olympia WA

Musango Marimba (Zimbabwe), Seattle

Nyamuziwa Marimba Ensemble (Zimbabwe), Seattle WA

Rufaro Youth Ensemble (Marimba), Friday Harbor WA

Rufaro School of Marimba, PO Box 325, Bingen WA 98605. Adult & children's classes and special workshops with Zimbabwean dancers & musicians. Tel: 509-493-8353. Email  rufaro @gorge.net

Sahlee Mbira (Zimbabwe), Seattle WA

Seattle-Mombasa Sister City - The Seattle-Mombassa Association promotes cultural, educational, trade, and tourism exchanges between the two cities.  Email:  mrussell @u.washington.edu

Seattle-Limbe Sister City Association - Promotes cultural, educational, trade, and tourism exchanges between Seattle and Limbe, Cameroon. Email: rupertal @comcast.net

Shumba Marimba Seattle-based children's marimba ensemble (Zimbabwe), age 8-13. (search YouTube)

Sukutai Marimba & Dance Ensemble - Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye, performance, storyteller and instructor of African dance and music from Zimbabwe.

Tinotamba Marimba Ensemble (Zimbabwe), Seattle, WA

Vadzidzi ve Marimba (Zimbabwe), Seattle WA

Village Drum & Masquerade - Tel: 206-525-4229. Email vdm @wonldypaye.com. Authentic mask and acrobatic dancers from Liberia, West Africa

Weya artistZimbabwe Arts Project, 107 SE Washington Street, Suite 162, Portland OR 97214.  Tel: 503-232-7057.  Email:  director @zimbabweartistsproject.org. The project promotes women's art from Weya, Zimbabwe. Click on the photo to see samples of Weya cloths and board art.


Association of Concerned Africa Scholars - Founded in 1977, the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) is a group of scholars and students of Africa dedicated to: formulating alternative analyses of Africa and U.S. government policy, developing communication and action networks between the peoples and scholars of Africa and the United States, and mobilizing support in the United States on critical, current issues related to Africa. Email: acas @prairienet.org

African Students Association (ASUW, Univ of Washington)

Ashesi University Foundation, 603 Stewart St, Suite 819, Seattle, WA 98101.  Tel: 206-545-6988. E-mail: info @ashesi.org

Humphrey Fellows (University of Washington) - The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and Eurasia to the United States for one year of non-degree graduate study and practical, work-related experience. The program is intended to help strengthen the global network of knowledge and experience essential to the full development of human potential. 

UW African Studies The Africa Studies Program has regular lecture programs.  We try to list them on our calendar, but for complete information contact them at: African Studies Program, 326 Thomson Hall, Box 353650, University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195.  Tel: 206-616-0998. Email: africa1 @u.washington.edu.

World Affairs Council Outreach Program, wac @world-affairs.org

Seattle Area Peace Corps Association - (SeaPax) Provides speakers to schools and other organizations. Former volunteers have rich personal experiences that they're eager to share with youths and adults.


Health Care

Ivory Coast Medical Relief Team

Northwest Coalition for AIDS Treatment in Africa (NCATA) - AIDS/HIV treatment activism. Email: mpfort @u.washington.edu 

PATH - Program for Appropriate Technology in Health care. info @path.org

Pilgrim, 4401 2nd Ave NE, Suite 204, Seattle WA 98105. Tel: 206-706-0350. Email: info @pilgrimafrica.org. Addresses public health, education, agriculture and relief to the refugees and disadvantaged of the NE region of Uganda.

Labor / Trade / Development / Economic Activities:

African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, 2001 6th Ave., Suite 2600, Seattle WA 98121. Tel: 206-256-6139. Fax: 206-256-6158. Email: african.chamberofcommerce @commerce.wa.gov.  President/CEO - Peter Gishuru.   A non-profit organization established to promote bilateral trade and investment between the Pacific NW and Africa. For more information, contact .

Non-governmental activities:

Adopt a Secondary School in Ghana Society (ASSIG), Emmanuel.Baidoo @PSS.Boeing.com , 425-747-4764

African American-Kenyan Women's Interconnect, (AAKEWO), PO Box 4233, Renton WA 98507-4233.

African Political Action Forum (APAF), 907 E. Pine St., Suite 24, Seattle, WA, 98122. Email: AfriPac @yahoo.com 

Africare - Self-help programs in rural Africa est. 1971

Aid and Development for Sierra Leone (ADSL), AandDforSL @aol.com 

Blue Nile Children's Foundation - Ethiopia, 3537 S Brandon St, Seattle WA98118. Tel: 206-551-1300. Email scep @w-link.net

Cameroon Association of Washington State, PO Box 58059 Tukwila WA 98138. Email: cawas @yahoo.com

Communaute Congo-Zaire, PO Box 45895, Seattle WA 98105. Tel: 206-882-7709

East African Center, PO Box 95703, Seattle, WA 98145. Tel: 425-681-2459. Email: info @eastafricancenter.org .

East African Community Development Council / Somali Coalition, PO Box 18961, Seattle WA 98118.  Contact: Jama Musse. Email: jamamusse @msn.com. Tel: 206-721-0896

Eastside Multiethnic Center (refugee services), 425-643-2221

Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, 1528 Valentine Pl S, Seattle WA 98144. Tel: 206-568-1015.

Eritrean Community Center, 1954 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, 98144.

Eritrean Community in Seattle:
2402 E Spruce St, Seattle WA 98122. Tel: 206-323-6627.
10025 16th Ave. SW, Seattle WA 98146

Ethiopian Community Mutual Assoc, 2111 E Union, Seattle WA 98122.  Tel: 206-325-0304.

Eritrean Development Foundation, Seattle Branch, PO Box 1082, Kent WA 98035

Ethiopian Mutual Support Society

Ethiopian Muslim Association of Seattle, PO Box 22031, Seattle WA 98122. Tel: 206-835-5144.

Gambia Educational Support Organization

Gambia Help, Email: sctarutis @aol.com

Ghanaian Association of Greater Seattle, PO Box 6894, Bellevue WA 98008. Tel: 206-747-4764

Ghanaian Women of Washington State. Email: gwws.empower @gmail.com. We aim to enable the women to become architects of their future by providing opportunities that foster educational and social transformation. We hold monthly meetings and events of various themes, such as computer training, a health screening, zumba lessons, how to find scholarships for kids, volunteering in the community, etc.

Gondar Mutual Association of Seattle (Ethiopian), 1223 E. Spruce, Seattle WA 98122

Horn of Africa Services, 4714 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118.  Tel: 206-760-0550.

Human Rights and Assistance to Africans in the USA. Tel: 253-460-1957. Email: info @humanrightsafrica.org  Immigration law education, visas, American Law, Immigration help and advice

Igbo Union Of Washington State, Inc. (Nigerian), PO Box 77753, Seattle WA 98177-0753.

International Bicycle Fund (Seattle) Promoting sustainable transport and tourism and international understanding.

Kenya Kids AIDS Project, 109 W. Mercer St., Seattle WA 98119. Tel: 206-285-7171. Email: kkap @kkap.org 

National Union of Eritrean Women, PO Box 33903, Seattle WA 98133.  Email: lhadgu @u.washington.edu 

Nigeria Club International, PO Box 21522, Seattle WA 98111.  Tel: 206-565-6085

Niqia Association, 3471 115th Ave. NE #124, Bellevue WA 98004

Organization of African Associations (L. Llwanga, Pres.),  PO Box 22413 Seattle WA 98122.  lwangal @hotmail.com

Oromo Community Organization (Ethiopian), 2718 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98144

Pacific Northwest Kenyan Assoc, Federal Way WA 98003. Tel: 206-941-5582

Pacific Northwest Uganda-American Association (PNUAA), PO Box 595, Bothell WA 98041.  Tel: 206-774-8350

Queen of Sheba Alumni, 4603 S. Morgan St., Seattle WA 98118

Refugee Federation Service Center:
1215 S Central, Kent WA 98032. Tel: 253-852-5150
7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle WA 98118.  Tel: 206-725-8988
10025 16th SW, Seattle WA 98146. Tel: 206-762-4894

Refugee & Immigrant Community Resources Center, 9001 9th SW, Seattle, WA 98106. Tel: 206-767-6896

Refugee Women’s Alliance (REWA), 3004 S Alaska, Seattle WA 98108.  Tel: 206-721-0243. Provides advocacy, counseling, tutoring, citizenship preparation.

Refugees Social Development Resource Center (Somali), 6740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way So. #E, Seattle WA 98118

Selam Community Enrichment, 3703 S. Edmunds St., Seattle WA 98118-1728

Seattle-Gambia Association Email: info @seagam.org

SeneGambia Association of Washington, Kent WA 98042. faty @pocketmail.com

Sierra Leone Friendship Society, Seattle WA 98145. Tel: 206-721-5345

Sierra Leone Northwest Assoc., c/o PO Box 283, Kent WA 98035. Tel: 206-852-9049

Somali Community Services Coalition, 7101 MKL Jr Way Suite 203, Seattle WA 98118.  Tel:  206-721-0875 / 96. Eamil: saidabdirashid @hotmail.com

Somali Community Services of Seattle, 3320 Rainier S, Seattle WA 98144. Tel: 206-760-1181.

Somali Women & Children Skills for Change, 10613 Des Moines Memorial Dr. #3, Seattle WA 98168. Contact: Asha and Sharifa.

Southern Sudanese Women's Association, 3212 S. 272nd Street Kent, WA. 98032

Task Force on Southern Africa, American Friends Service Committee, 814 NE 40th, Seattle WA 98105. Tel: 206-632-0500.

Tigrean Community Center, 1902 E Yesler, Seattle WA 98122. Tel: 206-324-2190, 324-2237, 328-8307.

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle - Through public advocacy, providing services and developing strong business and community partnerships, the Urban League strives to empower, enable and assist African-Americans, other people of color and disadvantaged individuals to become self-sufficient. 105 14th Ave, Seattle WA 98122. Tel: 206-461-3792. Email: cstewart @urbanleague.org 

World Affairs Council, 2200 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98121.  Tel: 206-441-5910.  Email: info @world-affairs.org

Youth for Technology Foundation. Based in Washington State and Nigeria, the mission of YTF is to bridge the digital canyon amongst Nigerian youth by providing them with the tools and training to achieve their potential. Tel: 425-681-3920. Email: ytf @youthfortechnology.org


Canaan Christians Fund, PO Box 633, Aberdeen WA 98520-0633. Email: roney @heinz-intl.com 

Church Council of Seattle - Bring hundreds of Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, thousands of volunteers and numerous religious organizations together to serve at-risk youth, the elderly, the homeless and hungry; to advocate for global peace and racial and economic justice; and to encourage ecumenical and interfaith cooperation.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - A Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

World Vision International - Christian mission, relief and development agency

World Concern - Christian mission, relief and development agency

Mercy Corps - Christian mission, relief and development agency

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