Wamuhu Waweru – Los Angeles, California

She is an event producer, lover of life, connector of people, dancing machine and designer /stylist. It is her love and passion for cultural music, dance, traditions, fashion, art, film, food and travel that inspired her to become an event producer/promoter which eventually spawned the idea for MixBliss as a way of bringing people from all walks of life together.

Wamuhu Waweru

Her vision is to create a platform that facilitates the sharing and exchange of cultural experiences in event settings that are entertaining, inspiring, healing, powerful and always catering to all senses….. Body, Mind and Spirit!

She started PriMo Arts (Primitive Modern), a Gallery/Showroom space that showcases art for the clientele with a discerning taste for the exotic but always with a touch of class. It represents fair trade artists/art from the USA, Africa and beyond. They specialize in everything from fine art to jewelry, clothing to furniture and everything in-between.  They also offer services in interior design, event production, styling and architectural/sculptural commissions. The showroom is available for rent for intimate events, art exhibits, and video and photo shoots (incredible natural light throughout the day make for gorgeous images).

“I love the fact that one can showcase the richness of culture with fashion,” Wamuhu says in what is her basic backdrop of jeans and a tee while piling on her luxe tribal accessories. In this case, showstopper brass earrings from the same designer in LA who made things for Chaka Khan and Diana Ross, a beaded head piece and Maasai body piece and espadrilles made of indigenous fabric. Tired of what she refers to as “funding oppression” in terms of what we buy, Wamuhu has made a conscious effort to affect change by supporting local economics, elevating communities and helping to put an end to supporting companies who are killing “our brothers and our sisters.” Born in Nairobi, Wamuhu remembers days when there wasn’t much to eat, “I’ve seen ways that nobody should have to live, so I totally understand what need and want really are.”

Like many immigrants, Wamuhu rediscovered her African roots after an adolescence in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She decided that she wanted to toss aside the mall culture for those roots a few years ago. Beginning with an end to the weaves and the perms and showcasing what is beautiful from her origins. Today, Wamuhu’s natural hair has carved designs that are as much a part of expressing the comfort in her skin as is her career of promoting not-for-profit music events, mostly in the vein of her heritage. In addition, she is taking a leap of faith in believing in herself outside of the strict religious guidelines of her family. At times, feeling free and at peace are at odds with hanging out with bums on Santa Monica beach and getting whisked on private jets to Vegas. Just like Wamuhu can take pieces of fabric and turn them into a kimono, or make red patent pumps and large feather earrings look timeless, she feels, “if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” (Source: StyleLikeU)

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