Nyenge Nyenge Festival

By Joseph Ogwang 3 March 2020

Nyege Nyege stands for PEACE, LOVE, and abundant JOY for UNDERGROUND   MUSIC and musicians in AFRICA, from Africa or with a deep interest in getting to know the Continent better, it stands for FUNandCURIOSITY and pushing boundaries always with a sense INCLUSIVITY and an invitation to WONDER.  For those 4 days at least, we really want you to have the best time of your LIFE and DISCOVERUGANDA, the PEARL OF AFRICA

Born out of an act of sheer collective madness in the rainy season of 2015 (after which it moved to the dry season…), Nyege Nyege Festival is now considered the most important 4-day international music festival in East Africa for both its one of a kind curation and its unique East African party vibe.

Nyege Nyege

Nyege Nyege is part of a Kampala based arts collective that includes an artist residency and community studios, our two record labels NYEGE NYEGE TAPES and HAKUNA KULALA as well as an artist management agency and a legendary party crew called Boutiq Electroniq. The Festival’s aim is to showcase all the exciting development on the East African scene, to show daring projects and give a real voice to the underground, making it a highlight for both audiences and musicians alike.

The festival takes place in a breathtaking forest on the shores of the Source of the mighty River Nile, perfect for a swim or spiritual contemplation, as well as wild river rafting and other fun things. Nyege Wonderland is full of pathways and hidden corners which it makes it a perfect site for us. This year we will introduce NyegeVille, a campsite next to the festival ground that will make people enjoy their experience even more, always in a safe, comfortable and respectful way.

Despite attracting a global audience and being international in nature, Nyege Nyege is not your classic “destination festival”, it is first and foremost a celebration of Ugandan culture and African music, and the “Spirit of UG” is ever present.

Finally and most importantly, Nyege Nyege is all about DANCING, because when the Nyege hits you, when the urge to dance is no longer controllable, then you must let go, and let Nyege take over!!

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