Del 5 al 8 de septiembre de 2019
Blossoming from a regular Kampala based party crew, Nyege Nyege was established to support the East African music community offering residencies, studios, and then a record label as well as an artist management agency. The festival was subsequently born as a platform to showcase the artists’ new productions, developing both the local arts and culture industry and connect underground musicians from around the continent with one another.
Many of the artists performing at Nyege Nyege will have spent time in their residency program producing new works to showcase at the festival and also to be released on one of their two labels, Nyege Nyege Tapes and Hakuna Kulala.
In its past five years the festival has grown to put Uganda on the map as not only a tourist destination but as an epicenter of electronic music as much as its predecessors like Berlin, Detroit or London.
The festival’s collective have recently opened up a performance space in Kampala called ONE 54 which will host showcases from local artists during the month leading up to the festival.
This year the focus shifts towards Asia and the African diaspora while still maintaining a stacked line up of artists from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and others from across the African continent. There is expected to be over 300 performers coming from over 30 countries, playing across 5 stages.
Highlights include Fulu Mziki
the legendary 8 piece band from Kinshasa will make their first appearance outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo, they will be in Kampala for a month building instruments, costumes and recording an album in the Nyege Nyege Studio. This year Nyege Nyege will also explore the spectrum of alternative pop sounds from a new generation of African producers including Ethiopian EDM sensation Rophnan
, Uganda Dancehall Queen Sheeba
and Nigeria’s Santi
, at the forefront of the countries Alté scene that has been pushing the boundaries of the countries mainstream music culture. Dj Diaki
, the Balani king of Bamako will bang out his showcase of Mali’s unique sound system culture, Menzi
and Yugen Blakrock
will bring hard SA sounds from Gqom to hiphop, whilst WZN
the synth masters from Mauritania will entrance the crowd with their desert psychedelia. Infrapa
will breath new life in his twisted kalindula soukous hiphop from Kisangani.
Nyege Nyege Festival also showcases many artist that have released music on the label such as Slikback, Duke & MCZO, Sisso, Jay Mitta, MC Yallah, Rey Sapienz, Jako Maron
and more. Many of these artists have since performed at prestigious festivals around the world such as Unsound, CTM, Melt!, Norbergfestival, Pukkelpop, Sonar and more.. Soon Nyege Nyege will announce a round of new incredible releases from new artists that will also present their work at the festival this year.
Building on its growing links with Asia, Nyege Nyege invites dj and label boss of Chinese label Genome 666, Kilo Vee
as well as Chinese Underground producers Hyph11e, Gooooose
. From Japan, alternative hip-hop and breakcore artists Dj Scotch Egg
and DJ Die Soon,
also participating in a month long residency.
Continuing to create links within the African diaspora in America and Europe, the festival will showcase for the first time ever in Africa Detroit techno's legendary kingpin, Juan Atkins
, as well as Chicago based Footwork producer EQ Why
, New York’s DJ Shyboi
and Suzi Analogue
. While from Europe, Marseilles Frap-Core innovator Moesha13
, will be joining Congolese Swiss Bonaventure
, who is conducting a two month residency at Boutiq Studios with local artist Rey Sapienz
, UK based Josey Rebelle
, and Belgium's DTM Funk
. Returning will be the Dutch Nyege Nyege resident DJ Marcelle
This year will also feature a showcase from the Milan's Saturnalia Collective
, highlighting the growing linkages the experimental music festival who have hosted Nyege Nyege artists for the past two years.
Works developed during the residency will be presented for the first time at the festival, in front of party people and festival organizers from all corners of the world.