The annual music festival MTN Nyege Nyege kicked off on Friday at an exclusive launch party at Design Hub in Bugolobi. Music Duo Gato Preto entertained contemporary music lovers to give fans a glimpse into what to expect at this year’s festival which is billed to be the biggest since Nyege Nyege was started in 2015.
The festival, which is sponsored by Bell Lager , Uganda Waragi and MTN Uganda, will go back to its home town, Jinja, at the beach front of Nile Discovery Beach. The Afrofuturistic duo Gato Preto –Lee Bass from Ghana and Gata Misteriosa from Mozambique – opened up this year to a line-up of 300 artistes selected from around the world who will be bringing contemporary African music to Uganda. Selected artists will be performing a collection of kuduros, kwaito, Afro house, hiplife, Tuareg rock, cosmic synths, Arab tech, Morrocan bass, zouk bass, soukous, balani, funana, swahaili trap and Tigrinian blues.
Uganda will showcase the best of the traditional musical heritage with musicians from over 15 tribes and a host of DJ’s from around the country including electro Kadodi producers from Mbale, Acholi Dj’s from Gulu and a who’s who of Kampala’s EDM music community.
From South Africa; Sho Madjozi, Rude Boyz, Dominowe and Phatstoki, folk/funk diva Zetina Mosia and underground electro producers Sleeping Buddah. The Tanzanian line up will feature the cream of the Singeli scene of Dar Es Salaam including the “Godmother of Singeli” Rehema Tahiri for an exclusive performance, as well as rhythm heavy Jagwa Music troupe and Gogo multi-instrumentalist Msafiri Zawose. Tuareg rock band Etran de l’Air will leave Niger for the first time to perform at MTN Nyege Nyege.
Kenya will be represented by L’Orchestre Les Mangelepa, considered as one of the golden era of Kenyan Lingala.
“Nyege Nyege is a unique music festival attracting a vibrant audience from Uganda and the world at large. Year on year, the festival has grown in strength and we are pleased to have been part of this journey for the past three years. We have made a commitment to this activity for the next three years and are confident that it will deliver guaranteed unique experiences with Bell Jamz and Uganda Waragi as partners,” said Agaba Tumusiime, Brand Manager, Uganda Waragi.
In addition, the festival has birthed Nyege Nyege regional experiences in Gulu, Arua, Mbarara and Entebbe.
Nyege Nyege is a showcase of the connections between Africa and the rest of the world with Cumbia from South America, vodou jazz from Haiti and underground hip hop from America. Nyege Nyege takes its inspiration from the legendary World Festival of the Black Arts’ that took place in Dakar Senegal in 1966.
Four days of non-stop musical celebration will include state of the art sound systems, games, picnics, boat rides, film screenings, custom made afro-futuristic decorations, biking and quad biking on the shores of the River Nile in a stunning location surrounded by over four acres of lush tropical forest.
Bryan White parades 3BN Shillings as he prepares for Arua return
Bryan White Foundation (BWF) boss Bryan White has today announced that he will return to Arua to continue his quest of rehabilitating members of criminal gangs in the town.
Address Press at his Makeshift offices in Munyonyo, the humanitarian said he will continue his activism of reducing poverty among the young generation but said this time he is focusing more on intoxicated criminal gangs’ members. He unveiled billions of shilling to be used during the entire period of 4 months of project.
Under his Bryan White Foundation, he is set to return to Arua on Friday 19th October for a period of 4 months as a way of reforming the criminal gangs in the area.
Members from notorious youth gangs in Arua will go into a residential camp for 4 months where they will receive training to acquire individual skills in different categories like mechanics, carpentry, brick laying and concrete practice to mention but a few.
The members will also acquire financial discipline and will rehabilitated from their drug and weed affected lives.
“The foundation will spend 4 months skilling and rehabilitating criminal minded youths. After Arua, he will head to Busia and then Kampala doing the same,” a source said.
Swangz Avenue offices closed
It is business unusual at Muyenga based production house, Swangz Avenue. Our snoops have learned that their offices are closed off for business.
Visitors to their Muyenga premises are welcomed with a notice saying that they’ll be back in 10 days.
According to those in the know, the
Swangz Avenue team is working on a ground breaking project in the country side. It is said that the team early this week headed to Northern Uganda with heavy trucks full of Film Equipments.
The details about the project remain scanty as no one was available to make a comment.
We will keep you posted.
Ykee Benda reveals Plans for new song
The boy from Kireka, Ycliff Tugume aka Ykee Benda is surely having the time of his life .He just won an AFRIMMA award for Best New Comer on the music scene in Africa, announced huge plans for his upcoming debut concert early next year ,and is still dropping new music as we speak. What a life!
The ‘Time table’ singer has now revealed fresh plans to drop a new audio for a song titled,’ Singa’, that he is working on and promises it is going to be dropping anytime soon.
He shared art work for the song and captioned it,“It’s coming soon. #MusicForTheSoul”
Lets look out for that one!
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