The 3rd edition of the Nyege Nyege Festival is one not to miss this year with several interesting acts lined up. The festival will offer the best contemporary African music and a unique fusion of international and African sounds. You cannot be anywhere else but at the source of the Nile River in Jinja, Uganda between 1 and 3 September.
Nyege Nyege means the “feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance.” With the line-up for this year, festival attendees are certainly in for a treat.
Nyege Nyege International Music Festival is organized and curated by Boutiq Electroniq, a community based organization in Kampala, Uganda that aims to develop the local arts and culture industry by creating conducive platforms and opportunities for upcoming artists. The festival aims to connect underground musicians from around the continent with one another and with producers and musicians working with African music outside the continent.
In a statement the festival organisers said, “We have 13 cultural troupes from all over Uganda coming to perform, and not one but TWO soundsystems coming from Kenya – Umojah Soundsystem and the Funktion One. In addition to the quality sound you’ve come to know from our partners Talent Africa, this will make Nyege Nyege 2017 East Africa’s biggest music event yet”.
“French/Brazilian DJ A Macaca and Kenyan techhouse producer Mawe round up the packed line up, joining our Cameroonian headliners Reniss and Jovi. This year’s Nyege Nyege will open for those who are camping on Thursday morning, with a pre-party on Thursday night for the Njeru community where the festival is held, and all 3 -day pass-holders,” read the statement.
Nyege Nyege takes its inspiration from the legendary World Festival of the Black Arts’ that took place in Dakar Senegal in 1966. Last year the festival showcased the connections between Africa and the rest of the world Afro Diaspora with Cumbia from South America, vodou jazz from Haiti and underground hip hop from America. Complementing the line-up were some of the hottest producers and DJ’s from Europe whose work is in conversation with African sounds.
The 2016 edition also saw over 200 local and international artists take to the stage in front of 3000 festival-goers
Recent additions to the lineup also include Ugandan dancehall star Latinum, Canadian Tropical Bass king Ghislain Poirier, Global Dancefloor force Cervo, as well as Ugandan reggae star AK Simba, returning with his Belgian Band “Karamoja” to debut their new music at the festival.
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