Nyege Nyege - Luganda (n) 1. The feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance. The name says it all. A festival in the East African region known for its rhythm, style and dance is finally launching in Jinja, Uganda this weekend – October 16th-18th. Nyege Nyege International Music Festival is a 3-day musical and cultural spectacular which is organized by the Boutique Foundation, a cultural community organization based in the capital city of Kampala.

Jinja sits along the northern shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the White Nile. What better location to pitch up a festival with over 60 critically acclaimed instrumentalists, producers, bands, emcees and deejays from across the continent. All these creative minds and musicians will converge on nine acres of forest on the shores of river Nile for three days for a non-stop music celebration.

The inaugural edition of Nyege Nyege has a ridiculously impressive lineup consisting of Scotland's biggest and loudest sound system MUNGO’S HI FI, Reggae/Roots/Dub singer Charlie P, rhythm ambassador and musicologist DJ Zhao, Kuduro pioneer DJ Marfox, DJ & Producer Blinky Bill from Kenyan Electro Act Just a Band, and Riddlore from Project Blowed, as well as Hip Hop / Downtempo / Dopebeat / Reggae / Funk duo from Germany, Ancient Astronaut’s.

Representatives of pioneering labels at the forefront of underground African music including Akwaaba Sound System, Discrepant Records and Principe Records will also be present, as well as regional and local favorites Shoeshine Bwoy and the Tunedem band, Makadem, Dread Steppa and Burundi's Lion Story.

Festival director Derek Debru is excited to see what the first edition of Nyege Nyege is to bring to Jinja and the region. ‘We're working hard towards building up regional and Pan-African partnerships, especially with Kenya and West Africa. The festival is a first here in Uganda, with no sponsors or NGO backing, but we are doing our best to set a positive precedent’. 

We’re happy to see such a concept come together so well, and one thing for sure, Africa is rising, Africa is now!

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(Article & Photography Credit: Riz Ibrahim - Kenya Nights)