- 2019 LINEUP
- FEATURED 2019
- LIVE ELECTRONIC
Orchestre Les Mangalepa (KE)
Orchestre Les Mangelepa was formed in July 1976. Mangelepa extensively toured East and Central Africa and are known for their spectacular stage shows. A search for quality instruments brought the Congolese band Orchestre Baba National to Kenya in 1975. The orchestra is equipped with top vocalists, guitarists, drummers, pianists and tenor & alto saxophonists. Having being around for over 30 years, the band carries a taste of the past into the present while pressing on to appeal even in the future.
Sho Madjozi (ZA)
Sho Madjozi, real name Maya Wegerif, is a South African rapper. She is known for featuring in Okmalumkoolkat's Ngiyashisa Bhe and Gqi, as well as DJ Maphorisa's Problem, she is one of the fastest rising stars in South Africa’s underground electronic music scene.
Stella Chiweshe (ZW)
Plenty of artists claim to play "trance music," but Zimbabwe's Stella Chiweshe delivers the genuine article. Portions of her repertoire come straight from the religious rituals of the Shona people, and audience members at her concerts have claimed spontaneous healings or visits from spirits in response to the beautiful melodies she coaxes from her mbira "thumb piano." Even if you don't experience supernatural effects, a few moments of Chiweshe's delicate but powerful playing will surely raise your bliss levels by a factor of 10. She pioneered the practice of blending mbiras and marimbas in ensemble performances and is the most famous woman band leader in Zimbabwe.
Etran de L’Aïr (NE)
Playing for over 20 years, and one of the longest playing “wedding bands” in the city of Agadez in Niger, they are also one of the hardest working groups in the area. Unique amongst their Tuareg peers, Etran plays a music that represents multi-ethnicities of Agadez and contemporary Niger, incorporating desert blues, Mande music, and even soukouss into their guitar heavy compositions. Featured in the documentary “A Story of Sahel Sounds” in 2017, we will be releasing their debut album in May 2018.
Anyone interested in what lies at the intersection of experimental and dance music has probably heard of Errorsmith. The 48-year-old programmer, electronic musician and DJ has a respected reputation as a producer of jagged grooves and intense energy. He's the instrument designer and programmer behind the now ubiquitous digital synth Razor. He collaborates with Fiedel as the beloved rave act MMM. He has the deconstructed disco project Smith N Hack alongside Soundhack (also known as Soundstream). In 2015, he released a gravity-defying EP with Mark Fell on PAN, the label releasing his new solo album, Superlative Fatigue. Fiedel is a Berghain resident; Soundstream is a Panorama Bar regular; Fell is a cerebral artist born out of Sheffield's bleep scene. You can hear the triangulation of these influences in his work, but Errorsmith is a deeply individual project.
This Indiana-based artist uses footwork to build amazing rhythmic structures, but the truth is that her sound is already so personal and unconventional that it is hard to attribute it to one particular genre. Performing live, Jlin is even more passionate than when in the studio, constructing exciting meshes of percussions, timbres and melodies.
Dominowe is a 20 year old producer from the Newlands east township of Durban, South Africa who started out making music just for his friends. One of the most promising new gqom producers from Durban, Dominowe will also be showcasing his recent collaboration with Otim Alpha that took place at South Africa’s Africa Express in February 2018 in Joburg.
As co-founder of NON Worldwide, whose raison d’etre is described as “a collective of African artists and of the diaspora, using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power”, Nkisi’s ethos and music is imbued with a certain punk sensibility along with a political push back against conformity. Her DJ sets draw from a wide range of influenced forming a fast paced and exhilarating experience in the dance. Her production reflects deeply in these influences also and provide a sound that is equally relentless and evocative.
Nkisi is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Schiev.
Rian Treanor (UK)
Rian Treanor's sound practice re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of interlocking and fractured components. Drawing upon his study with Lupo at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering, plus years spent curating the Enjoy artspace in Leeds, Treanor's sound uses off centred rhythmic arrangements, referencing the dynamics of garage and techno as much as Fluxus and Dada cut-ups.
Since 2015 Treanor has focused on his solo sound works, developing musical environments for improvisations within his live performances. He has recently signed to Annex artist agency who are managing bookings for his live shows.
Otim Alpha & Leo Palayeng (UG)
At weddings in Northern Uganda, special Acholi songs are played known as 'Larakaraka’. Over a decade ago, Otim Alpha began collaborating with fellow wedding musician and producer Leo Palayeng to mix up Acholi music into a newer hyper-frenetic electronic version known as Acholitronix. They toured the style across East Africa, and became known to Nyege Nyege Tapes who showcased them at their festival, and released Otim’s hit collection ‘Gulu City Anthems’. The tape sold out within days, and later in 2017 Otim performed at Unsound Festival, earning him a live reputation that warranted festival director Mat Schultz’s Instagram post “Every European festival MUST book Otim Alpha!
Giant Swan (UK)
Currently docking in Bristol, UK, Giant Swan is the brainchild of Robin Stewart & Harry Wright; an acerbic marriage of energised, aggressive dance music, quaking bass and hypnotic electronic noise. Across a table of machines and pedals, incorporating abused guitar and liberal vocal manipulation, Giant Swan create a cross-breed of hypnotic bass, industrial percussion and disorientating energy delivered with telepathic intricacy. Vital players within Bristol’s Howling Owl collective and with strong ties to the city’s deep musical heritage, Giant Swan have steadily spread their wings across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Surgeon, Vessel, Shackleton, Venetian Snares and Container. On stage, Giant Swan are a maelstrom of potential energy, bleeding between several sonic movements that both obliterate and invigorate. Building on a foundation of rhythmic tension and frenzied improvisation, no two performances are the same as the duo re-build and destroy their twisted vision of techno-not- techno. The acclaimed release of the Earn 12″ on FuckPunk in 2016 confirmed them as one of the most exciting electronic acts to emerge in recent years, and this 2017’s EP on Timedance along with game changing performances at Villette Sonique, Berghain and Unsound Festival have taken things to a whole new level.
Giant Swan is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Rokolectiv.
Rude Boyz (ZA)
Recognized as the Gqom originators, the producAon and Dj duo that works to spread their unique energy and sound from Durban’s townships and sound systems, through rhythmic and raw sounds
evolving from 90s Kwaito, house music & hip-hop beats, from the hazy origins of what is now known as Gqom.
The duo started in 2012 from the producAon of Andile T & Masive_Q. From their hometown of Mt Moriah, outside the notorious Durban township of Kwamashu....
The friends that lived next door to each started hanging out more marking beats and pioneered the new movement of Gqom....
From the rough coasts of ZA, gqom carries rhythmic and raw elements evolving from 90s Kwaito, South African house music and hip hop beats.
Although new to the industry, RudeBoyz have peaked the interest of many internaAonal acts including UK’s Goon Club Allstars who have released their first ever vinyl EP (Rudeboyz EP, released in 2015), as well as other pla`orms from Radio Cómeme to Dazed Digital sharing their story and showcasing the gqom wave of a hypnoAc layers of driving, intense, graAfying and slow-burning rhythms.
Rudeboyz have conAnued to build strong relaAonships with local and internaAonal musical community and industry. As producers, alongside making their own tracks, they have expanding to working on original composiAons of tracks, as well as remixes, with South African contemporaries such as SAlo Magolide, as well as champions of SA sounds like MaAas Aguayo.
Nyege Nyege residents Spooky-J and pq corrupt the Nilotica Cultural Ensemble with techno sensibilities and a whole load of darkness. While Ugandan music often treads the happier side of life, Nihiloxica brings the drums of Buganda and ships them to the underworld and back in a live project designed to utilise the trance-like state created by indigenous percussion troupes and fuse it with club music from the basements of Europe designed to achieve exactly the same goals.
Modern Institute (UK)
Glasgow’s hottest new prospect and Golden Teacher splinter cell The Modern Institute; an iconoclastic trio of agitators that have made one of the freshest and most vital blends of post-punk, art-school and techno sensibilities to emerge in recent memory with their recent LP ‘Another Exhibition at the Modern Institute’.
HHY and the Macumbas (PT)
The Macumbas are a cast of musicians assembled by Jonathan Saldanha to perform his percussion/brass/bass/echo constructions, combining a feverish barrage of bone-percussion, sub-bass pressure, clusters of horns and Skull Cave echo. Influenced by electricity, Ballard, Sherwood, Burroughs and Carpenter, using Dub to unravel the sonic spectrum and the rhythms from the mental jungle.
Hama is a Nigerien electronic musician, composer and producer. He performs solo with his signature Yamaha PSR-64 at weddings and other events, and is known for being one of the only instrumental artists and producers in the country. With such a wide distribution across cellphones, his compositions are firmly established in the music repertoire of Niger, albeit outside of the official means. “They love my music, there is something about it. Especially the old people, it makes them travel far in their minds.”
Rehema Tahiri (TZ)
Hailing from Mburahati Dar es Salaam, Rehema is the godmother of Signeli. A former famous lingala dancer Rehema, she was the one of the earliest Singeli vocalists bridging the gap between earlier styles of Sebene and its latest variations.
Makavelli & Bamba Pana (TZ)
The duo have taken the representing the Sound of SIngelli in Europe.
MCZO & DJ Duke (TZ)
Another power house of the Underground Singeli world, DJ Duke and MCZO punkish and fast (even by singeli standards) performances take things to the next level, if that was even possible with it comes to Singeli music.
Dj Marcelle (Nl)
Surprise, adventure, entertainment and education: Four key words often used for describing Dutch DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess. Using live (and in the studio) three turntables, Marcelle puts different styles of music in a different context. She changes the way we experience those individual styles. She fuses musical styles like no other, making it seem like they always belonged together and making the audience believe they are listening to one track instead of three played simultaneously!
Cours des Grands Rebellion (CD)
Originally haling from Kinshasha Congo DRC, and residents in many a Congolese clubs in Kampala, ‘Les Cours’ play their own take on Soukous, a little rawer and heavier than usual, le Cours infuse traditional Soukous with their own punk aesthetic.
JASSS (S. Jiménez Alvarez) is a sound artist and producer raised on the Northern coast of Spain. Her parents were passionate about jazz, African and South American rhythms, which became some of the most formative influences in her life. From an early age, her fascination with sound drove her pursuit of understanding the relationship between music and people. She left Spain to launch this endeavour, leaving behind a social and cultural landscape from which she felt increasingly alienated. Feeling fractured in focus, she began shaping a theme from the distractions, channeling it into new works. The punk and hardcore roots of her youth evolved into a deep plunge in industrial, dub and experimental music—worlds of sound that were evocative in mystifying, inaccessible ways. These days, she is focused on the experimentation of sound and spaces, working on several projects including electroacoustic pieces, live, and audiovisual performances. Her first solo album, Weightless, will be released in 2017 on the Swedish label iDEAL Recordings.
JASSS is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with DISK.
Jagwa Music (TZ)
Jagwa Music emerged in 1992 as a spin-off from an earlier group playing chakacha (locally a mixture of the bite & tunes of Mombasa taarab songs with Zaramo rhythmic and kinetic ideas) at weddings and other family celebrations. Their name Jagwa (from the French fighter plane) came up in opposition to their rivals which had named themselves Scud, all terminology coming down right from the first Gulf War. Initially Jagwa’s sound was closer to chakacha, yet they developed their edge with the current members joining within the past ten years: Above all, these are the two kinanda (Casio) players Daliki and Diploma, intensifying the style with their minimalist end-of-day feedback and distortion deluges, Mazinge’s and TP’s powerful and always shifting drumming patterns; and, more recently with current front man and main attraction Jackie joining. The latter is an energetic singer and performer, belting out songs and commentaries on day-to-day street life with never-ending vigor. On tour this core line-up is joined by spectacular dancer Catherine Msafiri, who through her stage antics manages to bring over some of the vibes of Jagwa’s regular performances in the Dar es Salaam area.
They are the leading exponent of the Mchiriku style, which originated twenty years ago in the poor suburbs of Dar es Salaam, when cheap Casio keyboards became available, and drew the attention of bands who were playing Chakacha dance music. What happened next is reminiscent of other, by now familiar stories (like that of Konono No.1): Jagwa Music & their peers were immediately attracted by the Casio's lo-fi sound, adopted it, hooked it to vintage amps and megaphones, and the resulting gritty, edgy, distortion-laden sound was rechristened Mchiriku. This new style has been thriving ever since in Tanzania, although it's been deliberately ignored by the media, as it is associated with uhuni (thuggery) and the city’s low life.
Sleeping Buddah (ZA)
Sleeping Buddha gives Durban’s Gqom music a new spin with electro beats.
And why the name Sleeping Buddha/Resting Buddha? Trishen finds great comfort, motivation and creativity in meditation and so he wanted to infuse this in his work. Or should I say passion. Because music is what he does full-time. He studied sound engineering and music production at the Creative Arts College in Durban, to make sure that he gets it right.
Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe (UG)
When the Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe sit down beside the embaire (a huge indigenous wooden xylophone) expect a hypnotic, relentless polyrhythmic onslaught of eight players locked into a groove that transcends time and space. With a forthcoming release on Nyege Nyege Tapes, this intense style from Busoga (East Uganda) is a spectacle worth observing.
Bonaventure is Soraya Lutangu’s nom de guerre. Under this alias, she has been developing sonic weaponry designed to confront oppressive power structures, tell the story of violence, indifference and abuse fuelled by racism, with Complexion released on NON Worldwide last year marking the prelude to her protest, fully expressed on Free Lutangu released via PTP. She uses music as an identity research tool along with practical and speculative initiatives to connect her African and European roots and investigate human relationships. A regular on Berlin Community Radio, Bonaventure has also made herself at home for several hours on London’s NTS. Her radio mixes bring disparate genres into smooth sequences she refuses to protect from abrupt collisions.
Bonaventure is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Riam.
This young Kenyan producer and DJ has been honing his craft in house at Boutiq Studio, and finds himself the resident beat-maker and DJ for a large majority of Kampala's vocal talent. Slick has a way of making music that turns everybody who hears it into a G. The subs will be booming, the crowd will be skanking and whether Slikback is mixing trap, dubstep, house, dancehall, or his own productions, which fuse the best of all these genres in a uniquely accessible dark presentation, it's guaranteed that everybody will be firing fictional bullets into the sky.
Since breaking through with 2014’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Pixel Wave Embrace, Yamaneko has been one of the key electronic artists combining club music with ambient aesthetics – with a sound equally inspired by grime, new age ambient, video game OSTs and techno. Despite being his first release, Pixel Wave Embrace was acclaimed and influential and is often referred to as a cult classic – praised highly by Dummy, Dazed, Resident Advisor, FACT, Tiny Mixtapes, Juno Plus and Fader, and played in sets by Objekt, Kassem Mosse, Peverelist, Mr. Mitch, Logos and Mumdance, who referred to the album as his favourite LP of 2014.
Since the album’s release, Yamaneko has performed twice on Boiler Room, contributed mixes to Dazed and The Fader, hosted sporadic shows on NTS and Rinse FM, has launched a monthly Radar Radio show, Fragrance Transmissions, and is a resident DJ at New Atlantis. His second album, 2016’s Project Nautilus, was a darker, less inviting album but equally acclaimed – in Resident Advisor’s words, a series of “singular soundscapes from unexpected sources.”
Yamaneko has also released three well-received experimental ambient albums and an exclusive mix of his own productions for Truants under the alias Talbot Fade, and is one half of Yaroze Dream Suite with Mr. Mitch. Yamaneko’s third and most recent album, Spa Commissions expanded on his ambient beginnings and was based on environmental music originally composed for a spa in Europe. He will be debuting his live set in 2018.
Yamaneko is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Insomnia.
Fonkodelis Archestra (UG)
Following last year's legendary unplugged performance at 5am on Sunday night in the bar at Nyege Nyege 2017, accompanied by some of the strangest dance moves we've ever seen, the Fonkodelis Arkestra are back with their unique blend of traditional Baganda percussion. The only three headed drum in Uganda originally made for the Baganda king will also make an appearance again. His Fonkoness will share traditional folk tales and futuristic sonic clairvoyance in a transcending experience.
DJ Scribby (ZA)
Hailing from Clermont, a township of Durban, Scriby has long been working behind the scenes of the South African movement, often acting as mic man for close friend and ‘gqom King’ DJ Lag.
His production debut offers a fresh take on the Durban sound, crafting warped harmonies that don’t stray too far from the rugged melodies of grime, or the retro futurism of Detroit techno, whilst retaining gqom’s unrelenting backbone and hypnotic pressure.
Don Zilla (UG)
Zilla is a multi-talented artist working with Nyege Nyege as an in house producer at Boutiq Studio. Zilla has a deep history of musicality, playing keyboards in various bands in Kampala through the years, and only recently turning his hand to music production. This sense of musicianship shows through in his experimental and uplifting production style, which holds no regard for any genre or style other than his own.
Kisiwani Band Vanga (TZ)
The Vanga style of Zaramo tribes traditional music from Tanzania resonates closely with many contemporary styles of Tanzanian electronic music. Very fast paced with interlocking percussive grooves, this will be the first time that Vanga music will be performed in Uganda.
Nilotika Culture Ensemble (UG)
The original Nilotika Cultural Ensemble mixes traditional Ugandan folklore and traditional music with rhythms from West Africa and the Caribbean, mixing massive percussion sessions with soul soothing folktales. Recently the ensemble has collaborated with Nyege Nyege residents Spooky J and pq to form their alter-ego Nihiloxica, where things get darker and mixed with electronics.
Maata and group (UG)
Maata is one of the oldest musicians of the Busoga areas. A legendary figure in the music of the Busoga tribe, first recorded by enthnomusicologist Peter Cooke in the early 1980’s. This will be his second performance at Nyege Nyege.
Faizal Mostrixx (UG)
One of the most recognised contemporary dancers in Kampala, Faizal approaches African and Ugandan ideas with own distinct style, and through many different mediums. Alongside his dancing career, Faizal is a producer and DJ in his own right. Through all his work he tries to preserve and develop African cultural heritage, and his music attempts to give African traditional instruments and organic rhythms a poetic electronic instrumentalism.
Conor Thomas (UK)
Conor Thomas currently co-curates the Death of Rave and Boomkat Editions record labels. He is also a DJ, spinning at Faktion events, Blackest Ever Black and Unknown To The Unknown parties, Berghain for CTM festival. He is also founder of the popular Manchester club night Faktion which has hosted artists such as Arca, M.E.S.H and Sounds of Sisso.
DJ Kampire (UG)
Kampire has been making Ugandan party people dance since 2015. After honing her craft at Hollywood, home of Nyege Nyege Tapes, she opened for Jojo Abot's Kampala Women's Day concert, rocked the Eternal Disco stage at Nyege Nyege International Music Festival in Jinja, and followed The Black Madonna's East African debut, as part of Santuri Safari’s Femme Electronic. In 2017 she has already performed at Amani Festival Goma, Congo, Africa Bass Culture in Burkina Faso and opened for international acts like Diplo and DJ Maphorisa in Uganda.
Kampire's sets perfectly mix nostalgic and contemporary African sensibilities. Her syncopated picks will take the dancer from the Lingala that reminds them of their parents' parties, to the make-your-booty-touch-the-ground songs that remind no one of their parents, to the faster-paced beats from diverse continental and diasporic traditions that will make you forget even yourself.
Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble (CD)
Congotechno is ready to take over the world, and Rey Sapienz is going to be it's ambassador. He's bringing together the best Congolese talent in Kampala and producing club ready dance tracks with the spirit of Congo running through their veins. Sometimes that spirit comes in the form of a soukous guitar line, but other times it is indecipherable – lying somewhere in the ether between the groove and the obscure atmopheres he creates. Ever present is the unique simplicity of Rey's multilingual vocal style, bringing minimalist lyrical genius in Swahili, Lingala and French and English.
STILL feat Special Guests (IT/UG)
STILL is the moniker of Simone Trabucchi of Invernomuto and Hundebiss Records - who has previously recorded and performed as Dracula Lewis. His new leftfield dancehall got released on PAN on 2017. Featuring singers, vocalist and MCs met during his time in Kampala he will perform an exclusive show at MTN Nyege Nyege.
Tomoko Sauvage (JP)
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sauvage moved to Paris in 2003 after studying jazz piano in New York. Through listening to Alice Coltrane and Terry Riley, she became interested in Indian music and studied improvisation of Hindustani music. In 2006, she attended a concert of Aanayampatti Ganesan, a virtuoso of Jalatharangam – the traditional Carnatic music instrument with water-filled porcelain bowls. Fascinated by the simplicity of its device and sonority, Sauvage immediately started to hit China bowls with chopsticks in her kitchen. Soon her desire of immersing herself in the water engendered the idea of using an underwater microphone and led to the birth of the electro-aquatic instrument.
Tomoko Sauvage is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Musikprotokol.
Mc Yallah (KE/UG)
MC Yallah is a Kenyan rapper based in Uganda and is an affiliate of Nyege Nyege. Last year she released an EP on NNT’s sublabel Hakuna Kulala and is gearing towards releasing an album soon. A veteran of the industry, she became involved in hiphop music back in 1999, spreading a message of integrity and motivation among local youth.
In 2011, MC Yallah was nominated in the same Awards in the category of Best Female Hip-Hop Artiste. Later that year she was nominated for the Olive Gospel Awards in the Best Hip-Hop Artiste category.
Kimyan Law (AT)
Having its roots in Drum & Bass, the music flies far beyond the confines of that often-formulaic genre, expanding sonic ranges and disrupting standard arrangements. Mpunga incorporates African instruments and influences into his set up, achieving a rare organic and human quality among the cold electronics. Glittering cascades of tuned percussion are expertly weaved into layers of state-of-the-art bass and the result is a stunning, future/primitive array of romantic and cinematic music that, with its sheer humanity, seduces everyone who experiences it.
Kimyan Law is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Musikprotokol.
Mika Oki (FR)
Mika Oki is a French-Japanese visual and sound artist, living and working in Brussels. With a background in sculpture and electro-acoustic music, she explores the notion of intangible spaces and emotional landscapes through video and sound installations, using abstract sound textures, and kinetic mental images. Mika Oki also developed an interest in DJing in clubs and radio shows where she translates her atmospherical experimentations, blurring the boundaries between techno and ambient/narrative sounds. During the CYNETART Festival in 2017, she collaborated with dancers, performers and poets, creating during 24 hours an evolutive environment where all landmarks of space and temporality disappear.
Mika Oki is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Cyneart.
TESA is a three-piece band from Riga, Latvia, formed in the end of 2005, which tries not to classify their style of heavy music in any particular way and give the listener a free choice of interpretation by mixing different styles and sub-genres, creating something unique and passionate. Since 2005, the band has gained much attention with numerous tours and festival appearances. TESA released several albums on labels in Latvia, Russia, France and Germany over the last 10 years. Their releases demonstrate a passion for experimenting with genres and sound textures, mixing dark melodies with feathery soundscapes, ambiences, psychedelic loops, and even noise music, abstracting themselves from mainstream standards of heavy music.
TESA is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Skanu Mezs.
Beenie Gunter (UG)
Beenie Gunter is fast rising dance-hall artist who is signed to Savy Music, he is the master mind behind songs like ‘No Offence’, and with fellow dance-hall diva Sheebah, ‘Sugar’, ‘John Paul’ among many others. He is a humble guy who sings in Luganda, English and Jamaican Patois. With his recent signing to Talent Africa, things are looking good for this young singer.
DJ Morgiana (PL)
Karnacewicz constantly develops her musical practice working with performative aspect. Ze took part in a mechanic-organic performance entangling Astma’s electronics with sounds of plants in K105K gallery in Warsaw, before ze conceived a multi-sensual action “Touch Room” with dancer/performer Rafał Pierzyński and Piotr Tkacz with whom ze created a soundscape for this situation. This was an outcome of a residency at Lamella – the house of queer arts in Cracow. In June ze was invited by BWA – municipal art gallery of Bydgoszcz as a part of “Night of Performance” where ze presented a deeply personal, shamanic performance drawing upon purifying power of wildness. Ze composed music specifically for this occasion and set a crystal mandala with minerals and other natural elements.
DJ Morgiana is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Meetfactory.
Sarah Farina (DE)
Sarah Farina sprinkles positivity over the darkest bass. She’s innovative, she’s skilful, and she’s the smiling antithesis of genre cliques and sour scene elitists. What you hear is all you need to know. And what you’ll hear from Sarah Farina’s sets is seamlessly blended bass-heavy footwork and futuristic beats, with fearless forays through R&B and UK Funky. It’s inclusive, forward-thinking and unrestrained. It’s a genre-rejecting style that she’s named rainbowbass.
Sarah Farina is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Todays Art.
The sessions of Tutu are odes to life, between pure adrenaline and the most genuine curiosity. Like windows that open to horizons both near and far, her sets run through the landscape with the same intensity that she lives other creative facets of her life. With a spectrum of sounds that range from bass house to cosmic trance, abstract grime, schizophrenic tribalism and acid techno, Tutu on the decks can go from underground dance to the most experimental sounds, which direct the feet and maintain the brain occupied with sensations that run skin deep.
Gemma Planell has performed under the Tutu pseudonym for a number of years, always displaying exquisite taste and personality, with her DJ sets putting into practice her idea of storytelling. Preferring to remain out the spotlight and away from media attention, she has forged a personal style heard in clubs and festivals, with online recordings of sets and mixes for radios and magazines that demonstrate her unique talents. A recent example was her contribution to the Female Pressure series with a mix that only included tracks produced by women.
Tutu is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Todays Art.
Uriel Barthelemi (FR)
Uriel Barthélémi is a drummer, composer and electro-acoustic musician. Following his studies at the conservatoires of Reims, La Courneuve, Montreuil, and Ircam, he embarked upon electro-acoustic compositional work. This has led him to collaborate in numerous areas of the performing arts from 2002 onwards: dance, marionettes, theatre, as well as the visual arts. Intimately combining drums and electronics, a flexible composing style and improvisation he has had works commissioned by Lafayette Anticipation, Parades for FIAC, Maerzmusik, Césaré – CNCM, Sacem / CDMC, Al Mamal Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation.
Uriel Barthélémi is a 2018 participant of the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, which is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Presented in collaboration with Arcadi Nemo.
Msafiri Zawose (TZ)
Tanzania’s Msafiri Zawose has been one of the biggest slept-on musical forces from the region. That’s about to change with the imminent arrival of a new album that will redefine the boundaries of gogo music.
The Wagogo people are his traditionally nomadic tribe from the center of Tanzania, known for their musicality and made famous by Hukwe Zawose - Msafiri’s father, who toured the world as a part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster in the 80s and 90s. Working with Santuri East Africa, the much respected platform that has been responsible for some of the most interesting collaborations coming out of East Africa in recent years, the son continues his eminent father’s journey.
Hot in da club (UK/UG)
You wanna get hot? You wanna be in da club? This is it for you. Two guys coming together, getting all sweaty and stuff and it's in the club. What do you wanna hear when you're in da club? Intense sweltering techno of course. With dystopian polyrhythmic synth tones and heavy ass drums, what more could you want? Live, improvised dancefloor heat coming from the depths of Boutiq Studio.
Authentically Plastic (UG)
Authentically Plastic’ is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer, and DJ based in Kampala. Their sets, at once genre-defying and dance-able, mainly centre on femme artists and are heavily defined by Vogue beats, Jersey house, UK Bass, Gqom, Kwaito and other experimental sounds from ‘out there’.
Domdamda Kadodi Performers (UG)
The explosive, lightning speed percussion of the Bagisu tribe, traditionally performed during the yearly Imbalu circumcision rituals, comes to Nyege Nyege for the first time, after mudslides on the mountains of Mbale prevented them from making to their performance last year.
Kalalu Cultural Group (UG)
Kalau cultural group is founded by former National Heart beat of African troupe which was a Uganda’s national cultural troupe, active in the 1970’s, during Idi Amins time. Ziraba is the leader. It is typical traditional music of Basoga people including pan pipes, xylophone, fiddle, drums and dancing.
DJ Raph (KE)
DJ Raph is an electronic musician, producer, and DJ from Nairobi, Kenya—and a central figure in the country's growing underground electronic music scene.
His debut album "builds rich, textured electronic music" from pan-African ethnographic field recordings, and provides "a deep melange of modern electronic bass music, African chants and traditional rhythms. It emerges from weeks of research in the extensive music archive of the Iwalewahaus (Bayreuth) and recently released on Berlin techno label Noland.
Nairobi-based producer Joseph Kamaru, better known under the name KMRU, is notable for making intelligent atmospheric and emotionally evocative electronic music. His sonic identity has evolved alongside his journey from classical guitar to production. Using everything from gritty, indigenous sound to recorded ‘atmospheric noise’ or intricate sonic landscapes. The result sees emotive ambient, geographic soundscapes, electronica and even techno. KMRU anchors his music in the space where electronic music, nature, and life intersect.
DJ Yan (CD)
Hailing from Bukavu Congo DRC, DJ Yan is kampala’s best electro Soukous DJ and resident in many of Kampala’s hot Congolese Night Clubs.
Mina & Bryte (UK/GH)
Starting out as a DJ around 2012, Mina has been lighting up the Radar Radio airwaves for the past year on her Boko! Boko! show, spinning a selection of transatlantic dance, kwaito, kuduro, afrobeats and dancehall. At Nyege Nyege this year she is collaborating with Ghanaian MC Bryte, building on the success of their massive banger 'Sentah'.
Dj Henry (UG)
At long last, acholitronix wizard DJ Henry is here to give us a taste of what's going on electronically in the lands of the acholi.
DJ soFa (BE)
Dj soFa has been digging deep into all kinds of music for about 20 years. One of Brussels most wanted DJs who keeps the people moving in numerous different settings. Without limits in time, genre or space, this rare-record-detective delights the most curious ears without compromises. Over the last years soFa has been working on outstanding reissues with cult labels such as Finders Keepers and Sub Rosa and in 2017 he launched his highly acclaimed series of "elsewhere" compilations.
Ekuka Moriss Sirikiti, hailing from the Lira, is once of most talented thumb piano players of his generation. His songs often involve satirical tales about village life. His collection of early tape recordings from the 80’s will be coming out on Nyege Nyege Tapes in July 2017. He performs using a traditional thumb piano and a home made drum contraption that he triggers with his foot. His haunting, dissonant style on the kalimba and intense vocals haven't been witnessed by a major audience in years, and it is our pleasure to bring him to the big stage.
Hibotep is a counter-culture visionary, subverting cultural ideas wherever she can: as a DJ, film maker, fashion designer, installation artist, undercover rapper and producer. In her own words, she is the nomad that breaks all the rules that are there to break.
However, you can always expect Hibotep to bring the party with her. Expect a serious sub workout mixing trap, hip hop, house and some outings to places most DJ's wouldn't dare venture, all presented with a certain nonchalance that could only come from one of Kampala's most booked underground DJ's.
Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi (UG)
Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi is a Ugandan folk singer-songwriter and world music artist. He is known for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the local Ugandan fiddle (endingidi), akogo, adungu, guitar, harmonica, flute, djembe, calabash, congas, drums, and maracas, among others. He was one of the Ugandan artists chosen to welcome Pope Francis to Uganda at Kololo on 27 November 2015. His skill as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and performer have won him invitations to perform at major music festivals and co-operative events in Uganda and the rest of the world.
Emily Dust (UK)
An assured DJ and broadcaster, Emily Dust has built an impressive reputation for showcasing the freshest sounds in the world. A Londoner born and bred and firmly rooted in her hometown’s melting pot of cultures, she seamlessly blends together forward-thinking sounds as diverse as dancehall, Brazilian neo-baile, Bristol bass, Angolan kuduro, grime and South African gqom.
Her energetic sets have seen her play all over the world, in front of thousands at festival stages and in intimate basement clubs. With shows under her belt everywhere from Jamaica to Berlin, Brazil to Belgrade, Emily’s stages with the likes of Jus Now, Marginal Men, Jamz Supernova, Nightwave and more. A regular at festivals like Boomtown, Bestival and Glastonbury, her mixes have also lit up the airwaves of BBC Radio 1Xtra, Australia's Triple J, the British Council’s Selector and more.
DJ Balotelli (TZ)
Dj Balotelli, is a Singeli producer and DJ from Natal records.
Jarreau Vandal (NE)
Born in Maastricht, raised in Amsterdam, Jarreau grew up in a musical family surrounded by cassettetapes full of Jazz, soul & funk. Getting introduced to the drums at a young age gave Jarreau a different view on how music is made. His Grandfather (also a music producer) introduced him to the music production program Logic at just aged 16. Since then Jarreau was hooked and has never stopped producing ever since.
Selector Jay (UG)
Starting out as a mobile disco DJ took Selector Jay to lots of places around the country playing at weddings and corporate functions, etc. Today you can find him bringing an upbeat selection of Afro-leaning pop and dance music to venues in and around Kampala and Entebbe.
Roja & Slick Stuart (UG)
Roja and DJ Slick Stuart have been nominated for two consecutive Prestigious HiPipo Music Awards. Collaborating with artists like Beenie Gunter has pushed their reputation further into the stratosphere as Kampala’s premiere mash up dj’s.
DJ Crisio (NL/UG)
Credited for bringing some of the hottest beats to Kampala’s music scene, DJ Crisio has quickly become a major player around the region. Born Chris van Dongen in the Netherlands, he first journeyed to Uganda in 2010. Almost immediately he found himself being seduced by the vibrant clubs and dynamic music that blasted throughout the continent.
Starting as a house DJ in one of Kampala’s staple dance halls, he effortlessly blended electronic dance music with a distinctly Af- rican avor. Crisio has performed at almost every major event in Kampala and has been opening act for Ne-Yo, Sauti Sol, Patoranking & Di- amond Platnumz in 2015. Effortlessly sharing the stage with some of Africa’s biggest celebrities including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Ma kizolo, Demarco, Navio and Keko, his magnetic presence has become as ubiquitous as his talent.
Dj Fonk (NL)
Fonk is a booker, organizer and most active as DJ. Disco, soul, funk, hip hop, reggae, beats, classics, house... in his sets Fonk seamlessly mixes all kinds of styles with the ultimate goal, feel good music. Positive vibes and funky grooves dominate his mixes that he has played at venues, festivals and events such as Bitterzoet, Paradiso, Solar, Lowlands, Exit festival and the State Awards.
Zetina Mosia (ZA)
One of the most original young female jazz vocalists to come out of South Africa in recent years. Creating a new and futuristic sound, Zetina Mosia is quickly carving a place for herself on the local music scene. In a husky voice influenced by jazz and classic soul, Zetina Mosia demonstrates a vocal range reminiscent of such genre-busting innovators as Simphiwe Dana or Meklit Hadero. Originally born in Ghana, while her father, an MK cadre, was in exile, fighting the liberation struggle, under the code name Zet, the name Zetina is a combination of Zet and her mother name Faustina.
Baby Meelo (PL)
Baby Meelo is a DJ / producer from Wrocław, Poland who is greatly inspired by the aesthetics of the 90s and various genres of dance music, deeply rooted in hip-hop, drum & bass, rave and jazz, paired with the modern format of Chicago footwork.
Opium Hum (GE)
Opium Hum aka Michail Stangl – CTM co-curator, organizer of Boiler Room Berlin, initiator of Berghain's ≠ (not equal) series, co-organizer of the Leisure System parties and all-around progressive force on the Berlin club scene – nourishes his DJ sets via sombre, hazy drones and fantastical soundscapes permeated by deep and shifting rhythms to create what can only be called a waking dream.
The Busy Twist (UK)
Hailing from London, The Busy Twist is a collective focused on rejoining the dots between Afro, Latin and UK Bass music by developing a sound which not only melds the sonic genealogy of all three palettes but also presents such crossovers faithfully. Their debut EP ‘Friday Night’ with Soundway Records is preoccupied with the ever-decreasing gap between London and Ghanian music in an effort to capture the vibrancy and warmth shared by both cultures.
Beyond the banks of West Africa a resonance with Columbian roots is increasingly present in their music – a link they have developed over a series of trips to the country in recent years, and furthered by productions alongside locals Nidia Gongora and Chongo de Colombia. The group continue to commission remix work for Palenque Records, Systema Solar and Ghetto Kumbé, and with a slew of original releases scheduled for 2017 there is no doubt you will catch The Busy Twist raising temperatures on dance floors worldwide in the not so distant future.
The name Ukweli signifies his artistic truth in all his endeavors.
Ukweli creates a collage of electronic music that has elements of African percussion, RnB, hip hop and indie rock. As a visual artist he has been described as a surrealist. Ukweli is currently working on two EPs with label mate Hiribae. In addition to that, he has produced a track for JABS (MSFTSREP) featuring Willow Smith.
Grackyl is a DJ from the UK who is currently based in Uganda, cutting her teeth as part of Kampala’s burgeoning dance music scene. Her mixes are focussed, seamless journeys through her eclectic and expansive musical horizons.
On the dancefloor, Grackyl is equally at home winding her way through syncopated, idiosyncratic house and industrial techno as she is chopping up old-school garage and UK bass.
After several killer appearances at Kampala’s Boutiq Electroniq parties in the outskirts of the Uganda’s capital city, her carefully crafted sets and meticulous selections have earned her a slot as a resident at the boundary-pushing nights.
Nyege Nyege welcomes for the second time Jinjas favourite son MARO! Born Magada Ronald, Maro has been on the Ugandan music scene since 2010 with the break through being “Toneeraga” ft Mickie Wine of Bobi wine’s Firebase crew In 2011 he was signed by Former Westend entertainment of Aziz Azion. The originator of the ‘Vocal Muffin style’ get ready for Maro to rock his home town for a very special performance.
Samedia Shebeen (UK)
The Samedia Shebeen is an ambitious off-shoot of the Departure Lounge club. It started life in 2010 as an idea for a touring festival tent, transporting late-night party people to an imaginary jungle voodoo den cum lost township shebeen. With full, immersive set design and décor, and a soundtrack that spans music from the tropical regions, both ancient and futuristic… Afrobeat, hi-life, cumbia, samba, salsa, get mixed up with cutting edge basslines and computerised beats, with dashings of dancehall, house and all kinds of other spice. Live drums and horns can be expected too. The formula has proven a big hit with people at clubs and festivals. Samedia DJs have also travelled the world playing clubs, festivals and parties, with highlights including Mzoli’s and Fiction in Cape Town, Soundwave Festival in Croatia, Arcadia and The Rum Shack at Glastonbury, M-Bar in Helsinki, Electric Picnic in Ireland, Wellington Jazz Festival, La Casbah in Antigua, Traffic in La Paz, Copan in Honduras and Mandrea Festival Italy.
Gil Low (RW)
Gil Mwebaze (better known as DJ Gil Low in local entertainment circles) started got into DJ-ing “by chance”, playing music at house parties in his neighborhood (Kimihux) to ward off boredom on weekends. Influenced by African music, Soul and Funk music from the 80s, the forgotten New Jack Swing of the 90s, as well as the birth and rebirth of Hip-hop, he doesn't like to put himself in a box. Gil can play anything that he feels is necessary at that particular moment.
Mr Mankwa (UG)
Mr Mankwa is a fictional 90's dancehall DJ, whose esoteric toasting gained him notoriety with one legendary album, before he abandoned music and joined a psychedelic cult. However, Slikback, Kenyan music producer, has coaxed MR. MANKWA back to the real world to create one final album, along with an exclusive performance at Nyege Nyege 2018.
Dread Steppa (KE)
Dread Steppa follows in the footsteps of Dubstep & Reggae legends such as Rob Sparx, Vibronics and Kontact just to name a few. Raised in Nairobi Kenya, Dread has been instrumental in building the future reggae scene in East Africa, through the use of classic street jams and sound system culture with his Umoja Rig project . Heavily influenced by Old School Dub, Reggae, Roots, Jungle, Drum & Bass and Dubstep, Dread Steppa produces sets of a similar nature in his own Rootikal style, with an approach to new electronic techniques and genres.
The self-styled 'Northern King' of Gulu prides himself in his ability to play almost all the native instruments of the Acholi – the adungu, tube fibble, calabash, thumb piano and many more. With help from students from HKU in the Netherlands, Ocen is going to expand into the world of electronic music, performing with a DIY loop station made from old computer keyboards, creating all the sounds himself live.
Wakaliwood & Ramone Film Productions (UG)
After taking Nyege Nyege 2015 by storm with the filming of Nyege Nyege Island, the Wakaliwood crew return for the filming of the sequel. Once again Nyege Nyege Festival will be one massive live-set for the sequel; The return to the return of Nyege Nyege Island’. We are still waiting for the ‘The Return to Nyege Nyege Island’ though… Isaac how long do u plan to keep us waiting?
KALLIDA is a three-day music & arts festival with a focus on immersive production & sound system culture. The Kallida crew will be joining Nyege Nyege this year to work on immersive set production.
Dj Tak Show (TZ)
DJ Tak Show is a resident DJ at the Sisso Studios
MC Memory Card (TZ)
One of the few female MC’s in the Singeli underground, she will be performing together with Jay Mitta.
Bwayo hailing from Mbale, Eastern Uganda is a sound artist who has been working over the past few years with field rtecordings he has made of the Imbalu rituals of the Bagisu Tribe. He will be presenting a specialy commissioned work for Nyege Nyege 2018.
DJ Coco em (KE)
Dj coco.em is a DJ based in Nairobi Kenya. She plays a wide variety of genres ranging from hip hop to afro house, kuduro, kwaito and lingala. At the core of this style is her ability to get you dancing to the beat. Dj coco.em recently performed at the Boiler Room Nairobi event (in conjuction with True Music Africa and Ballantines).
Sauvage Sound System (RE)
Sauvage Sound System is a Reunion Island based afro-tropical crew powered by DJs & electronic music producers Betnwaar & Afrique2000. Together, they perform highly danceable sets mixing together a wide range of music inspired and influenced by – or made in – Africa & Creole lands.
Sauvage Sound System hosts the hottest african & creole music open air club session in Reunion Island : Nuit Sauvage. Three times a year for the last two years, the party’s gathered a thousand dancers with an ambitious line-up of local and international DJs & live acts.
Hailing from Darlington, UK, this former public schoolboy/games designer/marathon runner currently resides in Kampala determined to spread music with an A E S T H E T I C twist throughout the region by DJ’ing vaporwave tunes with the help of an Xbox controller.
Mexican composer and music producer, born in Mexico City. He’s been working in the film industry for the last 15 years, in the music and sound department, and one a Mexican Adacemy Award last year for his work as a Film score composer. He has been part of many acts like Mo, Afterodon and Cat Scratch Dubchestra. PS He has also saved MTN Nyege Nyege on two occasions by being the sound engineer who miraculously managed on being on two stages at the same time.
Juba is a dj whose love of different African and African diasporic sounds leads her to experiment with genres such as gqom, kuduro, afrohouse and baile funk. Her sets are eclectic and upbeat and her exciting mixing of genres and high energy behind the decks definitely make her one to watch.
She's originally from London and is part of the Boko! Boko! dj collective, but now resides in Berlin.
Praed (CH / LB)
Founded by Raed Yassin and Paed Conca in 2006, “Praed” is a band whose musical oeuvre can be described as a mixture of Arabic popular music, free jazz, and electronics. In the same year, the band made its first public appearance in Al Maslakh festival in Switzerland, immediately followed by a concert at the Irtijal festival in Beirut. Since then, the band has frequented numerous international music festivals and toured intensively world-wide, spanning Japan, Europe and Canada. Through these endeavors, the band has created a large global network with other renowned musicians as musical collaborators.The band consists of two regular members: Raed Yassin playing keyboards, laptop, electronics and vocals; and Paed Conca on clarinet, electric bass and electronics.
R’ Afrique (Congo)
R'AFRIKA est un groupe hip hop pouvant mixer plusieurs styles de musique tels que : Ndombolo, Dance hall, Slam, afro beat, etc... Créé par les artistes de ce groupe tous originaire de la République Démocratique du Congo dont Giga S, LM King, Goon lamifa et Nb prone. Evoluant en Ouganda/Kampala depuis 31 décembre 2015.
Le groupe s'est fait vite remarqué par des prestations scéniques dans la ville de Kampala en se produisant sur les scéniques de renommée.
PHATSTOKI (pronounced phat stoki) is a Joburg based DJ who describes her sound as “non-genre specific.”
PHATSTOKI is known for surgical transitions and the ability to mix a range of sounds. Stoki is an important part of the Pussy Party team, a party that exists to create a regular platform for femme and/or women DJs and artists to practice, incubate, exchange, and expose.