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Westbrook, ME
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The Mugadi Foundation, in association with Waynflete School, is proud to announce a Michael O. benefit concert event to take place July 13, 2017 at The Westbrook Performing Arts Center in Westbrook Maine. The 6PM concert will serve as a fund raiser for the Mugadi Foundation, with shared proceeds going to support a financial aid fund in Michaels name at the Waynflete School, specifically in support of tuition for students from resettled refugee families.  The concert will also serve as a preview for Michael's new music which is being released all throughout 2017. Tickets for the event are $25 and all of the proceeds will benefit the two programs. Portland radio personality Lori Voornas from Q97.9 will emcee the event, which will also feature an opening set of music from popular local jazz/funk trio Micromasse.

About the Mugadi Foundation:

The mission of the Mugadi Foundation is to help children and young adults around the world, particularly in the Global South. The Mugadi Foundation was founded by Michael Odokara-Okigbo when he was 14. Mugadi (which means I will live in the Igbo language) is a 501(c) 3 organization  created in 2004 to help pay for the school fees granted to orphanages located in Lagos, Nigeria. The foundation was established due to a trip he made with his mother to an HIV/AIDS orphanage in November, 2004. Odokara-Okigbo was shocked with how much trouble they had finding funding for education, but most interestingly to him, he was surprised to see how similar these children were to him. They love to laugh, play with friends, but most of all, just be kids. When he returned, Michael wanted to show his peers how these children were in difficult situations, but most importantly, were similar to themselves. He created a photo exhibition of fourteen stories, and showed it in hospitals, schools and museums. It was a huge success, and prompted him to create the Mugadi Foundation.

About Waynflete School

Waynflete is an independent, co-educational day school in Portland, Maine, serving students from preschool through grade 12. The Waynflete mission is to engage the imagination and intellect of our students, to guide them toward self-governance and self-knowledge, and to encourage their responsible and caring participation in the world. The school aims to provide a program that combines security with challenge, playful exploration with rigorous expectation and range of experience with depth of inquiry. Waynflete believes diversity is a condition of excellence and several years ago made a commitment to enroll as many students from Portlands resettled refugee community as possible. Michael joined the Waynflete community in 2002 and graduated in 2008.

About Michael O:

Michael O. is a singer, songwriter, performer and producer who harnesses his personal and cultural influences to create a powerful sound all his own.
Born in 1990 in New York City and raised in Portland, Maine, Michaels upbringing fused American, African American, and Nigerian culture to create the multi-faceted artist he is today. In 2008, Michael was accepted to Dartmouth College, where he double majored in Global Health and History. There he joined an acapella singing group, The Dartmouth Aires, and led them to a second place finish on NBCs The Sing Off. With over 6.5 million viewers weekly, Michael wowed audiences and was even dubbed incredible and timeless by Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five, and a freaking superstar by Boyz II Mens Shawn Stockman. After graduation, Michael immediately moved to Los Angeles and released his first EP, In the Beginning, in 2013. Within 24 hours of its official release, In the Beginning jumped to the top 5 on the iTunes R&B charts, and was the best-selling EP in Northern New England for 2013.

In 2015, Michael appeared in the major motion picture, Pitch Perfect 2, as the lead singer of the singing group in the film, The Singboks, soloing on the song Anyway You Want It. He was also featured on the soundtrack, which won an American Music Award for best soundtrack. Both the film and soundtrack were #1 in May of 2015. Michael is also the featured vocalist on tracks with acclaimed artists such as Flex Cop (One Love Records), Option4 (Nurvous Records), and Gladiator (Fool's Gold Records). Michael has performed all over the world, including appearances at Merrill Auditorium, The Lincoln Center, and in 2014, at the White House singing for President Obama. Through his music, Michael aims to build connections that break down ethnic, geographic, and cultural boundaries through his exploration of himself, his heritage, and of the world around him. He is inspired by artists who can grow and evolve in an ever-changing world. A powerhouse performer in his right, Michael aims to expand his reach, both in content and in form, creating a unique entertainment experience that brings people together through the power of his music and entertainment. Michaels canvas is a stage, and he aims to paint the image that, as people, we are more alike than we are different.

Beginning in May 2017, Michael will be releasing new singles and performing nationwide and in Africa.


The Westbrook Performing Arts Center (View)
471 Stroudwater St., ME
Westbrook, ME 04092
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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Scarborough, ME United States
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