The 5th Edition of Nyege Nyege Festivals will take place between September 5th to 8th this year in Jinja, Uganda.
The Four-day Music and Arts explosion will feature over 300 artists from 30 countries all on five different stages. The festival takes place in a breathtaking forest on the shores on River Nile, just a few minutes away from the Source and has a great Camping Village.
The festival has been recognised to be one of the best festivals in East Africa for its unique afropolitan party vibe.
This year’s edition includes more acts from Asia and the African diaspora, while still maintaining a stacked lineup of artists from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries.
Scheduled to play are Kenyan electronic DJ and producer Slikback, eight-piece Congolese band Fulu Mziki, Ethiopian EDM artist Rophnan, Nigerian rapper Santi, Malian artist DJ Diaki and more. The festival will also see many performers from overseas, including China’s Kilo Vee and Hyph11E, New York’s Shyboi and Suzi Analogue, Japan’s DJ Scotch Egg, the UK’s Josey Rebelle, Swiss-Congolese artist Bonaventure and Dutch Nyege Nyege resident DJ Marcelle.
More Nyege Nyege label artists, such as Slikback, Duke & MCZO, Sisso, Jay Mitta and more, will also play.
Music officially starts on Thursday 5th of September at 7PM with an opening night party. The festival closes on Monday morning 9th of September 10am when the music stops.
Back in 2015, a bunch of renegade artists and adventurous party people decided to take their show to the Source of the Nile and call it “NYEGE NYEGE FESTIVAL”, a surprising name to Kiswahili speakers, who eventually found out that in Luganda, the word carries a very different meaning:
“The irresistible urge to DANCE”.