By Ian Ortega
I have fully recovered from the Nyege Nyege explosion. It also marked my third time of making an appearance at Nyege Nyege. So then, I am in a better position to review last weekend’s fourth edition.
I must confess, this year marked an all-time FOMO for Nyege Nyege. For many, it was a do or die. Many planned for Nyege Nyege months in advance, yours truly as usual has always left things to randomness. Heaven is hidden in those things you don’t plan for, taking routes you didn’t intend to take. In there, you find the joys of serendipity.
This year, Nyege Nyege went truly extreme. If last year was Nyege Nyege’s mark of maturity, this year, it cemented itself as the festival that will always dot your annual calender.
Bell Lager and Uganda Waragi left no stone unturned when it came to executions. The world of Waragi had nothing close to it, the UG pineapple garden, the coconut beach and the silent disco, it was a new step in the party world.
Then came Bell Jamz with that music studio. All you had to do was get in, and rock out your music hit. Imagine having the Swangz team mastering your song on spot. Talent for many was discovered on that day. For many, it was living every moment, for those 4 days do rush by so fast.
We then moved to wild bae; MTN decided to transform its space into your normal night club, only that their club now played 24-7.
As usual the mainstage continued to bring some of the usual main acts such as Beenie Gunter yet did not fall shot of unveiling some authentic sounds from South Africa.
I found my heart at the Tropical Stage, it was an actual boiler room. The energy over here had no lid to it. It was a furnace of all characters. But I also fell in love with it because it presents this classic view of the Nile.
Did I say the cheapest rolex was UGX 5000? But give it to Busoga, after tasting a Jinja chapatti, you never want to taste these fake Kampala chapattis. The Food Court was expanded, well organized, it offered too many options that you could almost fail for choice.
One thing that Nyege Nyege has kept true is the ability to give people the chance to express themselves in the most authentic of ways. It is the one time of the year where people are truly themselves. If you desire to be shirtless, this is the time. If you want to show up as a Caesar, you are sorted. If you hate shoes, this is the time.
Nyege Nyege also has the unbeatable location. Greatness is about location, location, location. Nile Discovery beach is that perfect location. The trees, the landscaping, the waters. Or yes.
Speaking of the waters, I missed the rain. Nyege Nyege missed the rain. When it finally rained, it was a little too late, on Sunday morning and then disappeared so quick. Many last year argued that rain messed Nyege Nyege. I told them they were wrong, rain is a key ingredient in Nyege Nyege. It makes a big difference. For when it rained last year, you just stopped caring completely and just decided to dance, people would fall in the mud, hold each other up, the soggy conditions more than ever, brought them closer.
I also felt like this year Nyege Nyege was in a battle between mainstream and the arts. To be or not to be. For the arts and culture loyalists, Nyege Nyege kinda did dim on this front a bit. Nonetheless, this did not kill that irrestible urge to dance, shake, move and just go craaazzzzy.
As usual, Nyege Nyege wins on security. Yet as the audience grows even bigger, the fight will be on how to never kill the culture that makes Nyege, Nyege. Could there be a day in future where Nyege Nyege becomes another prolonged blankets of sorts? Or will Nyege remain true to its cores of the afropolitan vibes? For that afrocentric culture should never die. Those are the strings that hold this guitar.
Yet one thing remains clear, Nyege Nyege remains Uganda’s top event, East Africa’s top festival. That is not about to change. Whatever meaning one derives out of Nyege Nyege, it will always be personal. Whether one sees it as the afro burning man or coachella, it is still unbeatable. Ekinyegenyege for the Baganda, Nyege Nyege for Basoga, Swahili, and other languages. All those means come alive in those four days.
If one thing ought to happen at the next edition, it ought to rain, it ought to get muddy….
Photos: MC Esco unveils own night
Ugandan musicians have a new platform to showcase their music. This follows the launch of a new theme night hosted by Mc Esco.
Last Friday, the renowned media personality and events emcee unveiled his own night dubbed “TGIF”. The night which is hosted at Rock Bar is themed around local music and featured Deejays Malik and Starboy. It attracted a host of revelers who were treated to a cocktail of Ugandan music from past hits to recent chart-toppers.
According to Esco, the theme night is putting emphasis on boosting local talent and it will be strictly playing Ugandan music only.
This night is expected to be welcomed with open warms from Ugandan music lovers as well artistes who have in the past decried lack of ample airplay of their music in local nightclubs and media.
Here are some photos from the event.
Photos: What you missed at the Buzz Leavers Rock party
By Our Reporter
With the school term finally over, there was no better way to usher in the long holiday than with a fun-filled fiesta that is Buzz Leavers Rock party that was hosted at Garden City rooftop on Saturday. Known for always turning up in outfits that turn heads, the teens lived up to this reputation as they started streaming in for the mega party as early as 10 am dressed to make a fashion statement.
The holiday makers were welcomed to music mixes from several deejays, who later paved way for performances from several artistes who included Nina Roz, John Blaq, Vampino, Levixone and Vinka among others. With the rich entertainment line up, revelers were kept on their feet as they danced away the day.
The teens also indulged in other fun activities that included skating, reading zone and photo booth moments among others.
Meanwhile, organizers also used the event to unveil the new look of the Buzz Magazine. They also launched a new campaign aimed at inspiring teens to follow their passions and reach their full potential.
Here are some photos from the event:
MultiChoice Uganda hosts media to fun-filled day in end of year celebration
By Our Reporter
MultiChoice Uganda held its annual media appreciation party at Garuga Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Saturday. The gathering was to celebrate and appreciate media for their unconditional support throughout 2018.
It was a fun-filled day marked by several activities that saw members of the media split into different teams to partake in water challenges, dance competitions, fashion designing and a content quiz. The winning teams were rewarded with goodies from MultiChoice.
While addressing the journalists, Albert Nga, the MultiChoice Head of Marketing highlighted some of the pay TV’s achievements in 2018 and pledged to continue providing solutions to enhance the subscribers’ experience.
“MultiChoice being at the forefront of technology development in the industry, we introduced a new Explora decoder dubbed the Nano decoder with the aim to enhance subscriber viewing experience. We will continue to be innovative and give you more content that will enhance our subscribers’ television experience. I would like to thank you, the media for the great support rendered to the company through 2018 and we look forward to working more with you in 2019. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019,” he said.
The event was crowned with a performance from songstress Irene Ntale.
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