By Staff Writer
I had yet another experience of Nyege Nyege. A fourth year here means you come off much calmer, with less movements, and begin to follow a certain flow.
This Nyege Nyege found me even more prepared. The one thing I truly mastered from Kenya this year was the phrase; “Wamlambez…Wamunyonyez…”
When Nyege Nyege came around, I was on top of my game. There’s something so real, so nice about this Kenyan hits, most of which have been banned off official airwaves in Kenya. Wamlambez is one of them. No one did beat the Kenyans when it came to dancing. Whether it was Wabebe, Accelerator, name it all, the men and women always killed it to perfection. It is rumoured that whenever Kenyans lost a friend in a crowd; they just had to shout; “wamlambez” this time not to mean sucking but where are you? The friend would reply; “wamunyonyez” not to mean licking but; “here I am.”
But then came the phrase that completely took over was; “party after party.” It is the only infinite phrase in Uganda. It has no end to it. You just keep saying party after party after party….
Of course, you know it did not rain despite my prayers yet again. The rainy nyege nyege has still built this unforgettable memories in the minds of most. We look forward to a return of the rain.
Now, the secret of Nyege Nyege is to be at the right stage at the right time. Because you could all be at Nyege Nyege at the same time and be experiencing totally different things. You ought to have the intuition to shift and change stages. It takes an experience or one or two nyege nyegez for this to build in. Of course this also means that you become good at navigating the place. Most people leave nyege nyege without mastering the way around.
There was the mighty reggae stage. The Tanga girls did conquer this during most morning hours. But at night, reggae took the best of it. Nothing beats a reggae chill by the river side late in the night; finding inspiration in roots and chalice. It felt like a commune with Jah.
The electronica area is where you went to test your nyege levels. If you danced to the max while here then you had reached the point.
Now I have read some claims of lost phones. I must say, if a phone is lost at nyege nyege, it is most likely a case of absolute carelessness. And it should be to friends hanging around a person. I have attended events and I must confess, no one does a better job that the Nyege security team.
I have often been asked; “what happens at Nyege?” Let me confess that Nyege Nyege is what you make it, it is how you choose to define it. If you want it to be a high experience, then it will be one. If you want it to be a dancing experience both literally and figuratively, then it will be. Nyege Nyege is what you will it to be. Above all, there is not gonna be a place where you will engage in radical self-expression. Deep down, I now think nyege nyege is a place for exploding creativity. You come here and have four days to explore self, be self, imagine self and create self. The music is just there to guide you on this journey.
At some point I carried out at experiment of free hugs and it worked just fine. I went with flu and returned with none of it. Something smoky about the air that clears all ailments.
My only problem with Nyege Nyege is that it ends. You wait a whole year for it and then boom, it is gone in less than 4 days. That is the problem with all good things in life, they end. You can’t hold onto them. May be they end so we can always look back on the memories and thank our spirits for dancing to life in full.
To Team Wamlambez, to Team Parte after Parte…. cheers to Nyege Nyege 2020.
Photography by Nyege Nyege Fest.
Alikiba promises great show in Uganda
By Our Team
It is just four days to the eagerly waited show Alikiba live in Kamapala which is set to take place this Friday at Lugogo Hockey Grounds.
The Tanzanian legendary singer came out and promised Ugandans an amazing show they have never seen in a while come 13th September
Alikiba through his social media expressed how he misses his Ugandan fans and how he can’t wait to perform for them.
“Kampala i can’t wait to see you again” he posted
Tickets to the show cost 30k, VIP 80k and a table at 1million
Beenie Gunter records “Nyege Nyege song”
By Our Reporter
Bell Jamz took things a notch higher with their stage at this year’s Nyege Nyege festival. They set up a creative hub, which featured a full recording studio.
Revellers were free to walk in and record songs of their own, and dancehall artist, Beenie Gunter, did not miss out on the opportunity to let his creative juices flow.
The track, titled ‘Never Like Dat’ and produced by Asteyn, was recorded with no prior preparation at all and from our first listen, it has the makings of a hit.
The Bell Jamz area also featured a karaoke stage that had attendees sing their lungs out. Veteran producer Benon Mugumbya was one of those who took the stage, rolling back the hands of time as he performed a love ballad from the 80s.
What you missed at KCCA’s first ever Foodie Street Carnival
By Our Reporter
Fun was the theme and street food, the language of expression as Kampala welcomed its first ever street food carnival. Even if it was only its first edition, the KCCA Foodie Street Carnival will surely go down in history as one of the finest food festivals the city has witnessed.
Food lovers thronged Parliamentary Avenue early in anticipation of a good time, and they were not disappointed. The carnival which draws inspiration from cities such as Paris, Berlin, London, Manila and Brussels showcased many of the country’s popular street foods and local cuisines giving Kampala’s foodies a real treat.
The venue buzzed with life as many could barely hold back their delight with the many ready-to-eat food offerings that were available. There were different food stalls, trucks and booths armed with a delicious buffet of differently cooked meals served with a pairing of either Tusker Lite or Coca Cola that left many food lovers spoilt for choice.
The Kampala Foodie Street also featured the hugely popular Brookside yoghurt and sampling from Unilever’s Aromat brand, as well as discounted gas sales from Shell Gas.
The crowds were also left impressed with a dual performance by Happy Kyazze, the saxophonist, and Aloysious the Guitarist who serenaded the crowds with their soothing music as Allan Kanyike “Dynamite” added some light dance entertainment all afternoon, proving that he is indeed retired but not tired.
For those who did not make it, a year’s wait will have to suffice as organisers of the event, My Food Network, plan for its return next year with another unforgettable food extravaganza.
“Watching all these brands working together with the Kampala Capital City Authority, vendors and foodies was hugely satisfying and made for some sumptuous food pairings! The event converted the street into a celebration of food, music and a good time!” Dennis Asiimwe, Administrator – Operations and Event Manager, My Food Network said.
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