Everything You Need To Know About Nyege Nyege Festival

One of the most anticipated festivals for travelers flying into Uganda is the annual Nyege Nyege Festival which usually takes place at Nile Discovery beach by the source of the Nile. Lugendo takes you there and shares everything you need to know before the festival.

Nyege Nyege is a noun meaning “the feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance”. Nyege Nyege was inspired by the legendary World Festival of the Black Arts’ that took place in Dakar Senegal in 1966. This urge, you are bound to experience several times throughout the weekend.

Nyege Nyege is part of a Kampala based arts incubator with an arts residency and community studios, a record label and artist management agency. The Festival is the platform to showcase new productions and the artists they work with, making it a highlight for both audiences and musicians alike.

This year’s Nyege Nyege takes place from September 6th to 9th and organizers say they have dedicated a “special focus” to music from South Africa and Tanzania. The four-day event will see 300 artists from more than 30 countries performing at Nile Discovery Beach.

South African artists include rapper Sho Madjozi, gqom acts Rude Boyz, Dominowe and Phatstoki, and sgubhu producer Sleeping Buddah. Tanzanian artists include members of Dar es Salaam’s thriving singeli scene, plus the Jagwa Music troupe and multi-instrumentalist Msafiri Zawose.

Other highlights include Tuareg wedding band Etran de l’Air, which is leaving Niger for the first time to perform at the festival, and Kenyan lingala outfit L’Orchestre Les Mangelepa, in addition to a batch of young electronic artists from Nairobi, including AD Family, DJ Raph, DJ Coco Em and Monski. Core Nyege Nyege acts Nihiloxica, Otim Alpha and many more are scheduled to attend.

Acts flying in from the US and Europe include JASSS, Giant Swan, DJ Marcelle, Juliana Huxtable, Errorsmith and Jlin. The festival will have two new stages: the Dark Star stage, which will focus on electronic music, and the Spirit Of Uganda stage, which organizers say will “feature the best of traditional troupes in an idyllic acoustic setting.”

It is always relaxing to get out of Kampala and enjoy the source of the Nile. Attendees are guaranteed twice the fun, with a venue beautifully located by the river Nile, decorated to artistic-perfection. As it gets darker, it gets more beautiful with well-blended music playing all night long.

With four different stages you got something for the various performers. Also available at the venue are all kinds of delicious food and drinks, so there is no need to leave the venue, unless your accommodation is outside.

Tip: Carry a rain coat as the weather can be unpredictable. It can get muddy!

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