Nyege Nyege returns with a bang, 4 stages, 300 performers

Nyege Nyege returns with a bang, 4 stages, 300 performers

The biggest festival of the year is back and this time it is bigger and better. Being the 5th edition, it aims to bring forth the full force of the Ugandan and East African creative spirit.

This year, Nyege Nyege returns with a massive lineup North, West, South and East African are all sending their underground music legends to come and represent the best of what contemporary African music has to offer.

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Some of the action at last year’s Nyege Nyege

Performances, happenings, situations and art installations featuring dancers, acrobats, graffiti artists, fortune tellers, musicians, inventors and rainmakers all come together to create one grand adventure that lasts for four days, right at the source of the Nile.

Some of the sponsors at the press conference last evening

This year Nyege Nyege will also put renewed emphasis on the food experience, combining the best of East African cuisine with classic Ugandan street food and delicacies from all over the world, as well as a showcase of unique Boutique brands from the region. This year Nyege Nyege is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and the town of Njeru, making it a joint effort to showcase the beauty and hospitality of Uganda to all foreign visitors.

This year the festival will feature five stages, as well as roving traditional bands and a few dancehall disco shacks outside the festival grounds where surprise acts from the official line up will perform. Music is once again the main topic on the Nyege Nyege program, with over 300 performers coming from over 30 countries, in essence a true celebration of music. 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 and Ugandan dancehall Queen Sheeba.

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Headlining the festival will be Fulu Mziki the legendary eight piece band from Kinshasa will make their first appearance outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dj Diaki, the Balani king of Bamako will bang out his showcase of Mali’s unique sound system culture, Mauritanian synth freak-out masters WZN will perform for the first time outside their country.

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