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Nyege Nyege; The Greatest Uganda Story Never Told (yet).

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Every year come August, Ugandans get that strange little tingle, a feeling grows towards september and finally it hits you, it’s Nyege Nyege and you feel no pain, only joy and hapiness from what has now become one of the most talked festivals on the planet.

Everyone has an opinion on Nyege Nyege. Those that have attended: “the best party of my life”, “life transforming experience”, “I feel recharged” and even “I met my wife at Nyege”… And those that have not attended: “Nyege Nyege is evil”, “Nyege Nyege is too wild”, “Nyege Nyege is for rastas” and the list goes on. But what if we asked the artists, the people from Njeru, the hotel owners and the minister of Tourism, they all will have positive things to say about an event that directly affects them, in a positive way.

But few people know that Nyege Nyege is actually just a part of a much greater vision for the creative industry. The founders beieve in the creative arts economy as a potentail income greater than any resources found under the ground. Before Nyege Nyege was even an idea, the founders used to work with musicians and djs and music producers, as well as filmmakers, photographers, dancers, graffiti artists and fashion designers, always aiming at building strong communities and working together to find new ways to showcase creative talents.

With the demographics and job market of Uganda in a complex bind, the founders of Nyege Nyege saw that by expanding the access to market for people in the creative sector and by giving last mile support to talented individuals, it would generate interest worldwide and create more opportunities for the artists. That brings us back to the Nyege Nyege not many people know about. The two labels they run, nyege nyege tapes and hakuna kulala have both received internationa critical acclaim, the community studios that pushes young talents to the next level, a place for bands to rehearse and a networks that now spawns the whole planet. The festival received about 500 artist applications this year, a testament to its value for the artist community.

Artists know that Nyege Nyege can make careers the same way it has made designers and restaurants, right there and then, with over 40 international bookers in attendance, an underground artist has the chance to break through. Nyege Studios train and support emerging artists, the record label Nyege Nyege Tapes and the Nyege Nyege Festival now help promote the artist to a wide audience, and then come international tours and considerable income.

Nyege Nyege Tapes now has over 25 artists on it’s roster, 75% of the making considerable income from Europea, Chinese, American and South American tours, inspiring more artists to come to Uganda and learn about East African music and the region as a whole. So the festival is a celebration of the year’s works, for artists know that this is the performance that doesn’t do playbacks, it’s where the best come and shine.

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Ragga “god” Ziza Bafana claims thrown in “NDIISA MPOLA”

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By Stuart G-Khast

Ziza Bafana has returned from his music break and hit 2020 hard with his first release for the year Ndiisa Mpola. Ziza who has been nicknamed King of Ragga is back to claim his vacant place and retain it.

After signing with new management, the Ragga King has embarked on a more aggressive career this year and is only aiming at the top spot.

Mdiisa Mpola was produced by Brian JJ and video by Simon SPK.

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Kampala’s oldest bar “City Bar”re-opens

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By Stuart G-Khast

The heart of Kampala is now an option rich with the new addition of “City Bar” which lies in the city centre along Jinja road at Thobani Centre. The proprietors of the bar seek to re-ignite the burning blames of the oldest bar of the 1960s that attracted al the cool people of the time across all classes. Unlike then, it now lies on the 11th floor of the building and has a restaurant, bar and lounge.

The manager of the new bar, city bar Rajeev, told the website, there was need to rekindle their iconic bar and it is set to open on the 1st of February this year.

Artistes Fik Fameica and Sheebah Karungi will be the entertainers of the night as the oldest city centre bar re-opens.

Nina, the Operations manager said they have the best prices in Kampala central business. They have an offer of 3 beers at 10k from 3pm to 9pm which is not available in other big bar around town. They also have a buffet at 20k with a drink.

Here is the new look of the newest bar in town

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Jose Chameleone kick starts 2020 strong with Baliwa

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By Stuart G-Khast

Jose Chameleone has started year strong with his forst release “BALIWA”. The singer earlier this years announced unlike last year, this year he will be releasing songs aggressively and he is already on it.

Baliwa, like most of his previous songs preaches love, togetherness and hope. Baliwa is within its first hour of release and has already been received so well and is already in circulation.

In this song Chamili calls out haters, doubters and his critics to come out from the hiding. It that kind of a song that anyone can relate to in the society basing on message it conveys in Luganda and Swahili mixed with the Queen’s language.

Once again, Chameleone has not disappointed.

Watch BALIWA here

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