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Last year’s majestic Itanda Falls proved to be too far and complicated, and this year
organizers promise to match the quality of the arts and the entertainment with cutting edge
production, sound, safety and comfort of all guests
“Over the past five years, Nyege Nyege has grown exponentially in size and influence, and has
gained a reputation for platforming experimental sounds of the Ugandan and wider Sub-Saharan
African underground” DAZED
“acclaimed party-turned-festival-turned-record label providing a global platform for contemporary
pan-African dance music” CRACK
“Techno, soukous, abstract electronics – the Nyege Nyege collective draws from the cultural
melting pot of Kampala’s music scene. But unlike other European visitors, it also gives something
back” The Guardian
“Electronic music is booming in East Africa, and a small collective based in Kampala is at the heart of it all” Resident Advisor
“utopic temporary autonomous zone” Pan African Music
“Le festival le plus punk du monde” Mixmag France
- Africa’s essential music and arts festival Nyege Nyege returns for its 8th edition.
- In partnership with the City of Jinja the festival relocates to the heart of Jinja City.
- Beautiful new river front location encompassing the Source of the Nile, Jinja Golf
Course and the Jinja Show Ground.
- Die Hard tickets go on sale from Tuesday 22nd of August via www.nyegenyege.com
Nyege Nyege, Africa’s essential music and arts festival, returns for its 8th edition in an exciting new location. Upon the invitation of the Mayor of Jinja and the Jinja City Council, Nyege Nyege will take place on three conjoined sites: The Jinja Golf Course, Source of the Nile and the Jinja Showground. With over 300 hotels, the city will provide accommodation for all guests just minutes away from the venue. The safety and comfort of all artists and revelers will be a top priority, and camping will no longer be provided on site but smaller, safe and comfortable campsites will be set up by partnering hotels.
In 2022, after a 3 year hiatus and entering a new site at Itanda Falls, the new site proved to be
too inconvenient for the logistics of production and for revelers alike, bad weather and roads led the organizers to search for a new and better home until the day Itanda rises again.
With over 500 shows internationally, the festival and its associated labels and collective have
defined the vanguard of new sounds emerging from the Continent and the festival is widely considered to be the greatest showcase of traditional and contemporary African music in theworld, attracting music fans and industry movers and shakers to come and discover new musicgenres, breakthrough artists and blossoming talents at every edition. This year the festival will start with a 2 day music conference (November 7th and 8th) for artists and east African industry
players to connect and learn in order to strengthen the East African music industry throughworkshops, networking sessions and showcases.
The line-up will be announced in September but will include East Africa’s most exciting new acts, as well as artists from music power houses such as Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil. Styles andgenres will cover the diversity of African sounds, from South African amapiano to Nigerian cruise beat, from afrobeats to gengetone, dancehall, singeli, soukous and more. A real treat for the ears, the mind, the soul and the body.
This year the whole city of Jinja will take part in the festival, by working with local businesses,hotels, artists, builders and volunteers, this year’s edition will be a real showcase in community involvement, and how music festivals can spark the imagination and dedication of an entire community and boost the local economy in order to leave a positive impact.
This year's Nyegenye revellers will have a feel of the Source of The Nile.
This year again Nyege Nyege will partner with Uganda’s leading event production company Talent Africa who has been with the festival since its second edition and with its long-term sponsor Uganda Breweries, who will host 3 distinct experiences, in addition to a new Hakuna Kulala stage going on for a 96H music and performance marathon and comprising both live acts,
DJs and dance and theatre performances. The festival will once again showcase the diversity of Ugandan traditional music with traditional acts coming from all over the country as well as nBurundi, Tanzania and Comoros.
The festival runs a year-long music residency and community space where musicians and creatives from all over the continent can meet and create together. Harnessing that energy, the festival has evolved from a small party into the most adventurous festival on the continent - a party no Ugandan can miss. Despite past challenges of rain and government shutdown, the festival has never drifted from its vision; in 2023 Nyege Nyege aims to inspire and amaze even more.
Media team touring around this year's Nyegenyege Venue at the of the of The Nile
Tickets available at MOOKH.COM
More info at www.nyegenyege.com
“Nyege23 is bringing something interesting and this time we are working with the whole city to create a unique festival experience that will involve experiences for everyone.The festival will be a real showcase of community involvement, and how music festivals can spark the imagination and dedication of an entire community and boost the local economy to leave a positive impact.” - Derek
Debru, the Co-founder of Nyege Nyege
Source Garden Hotel
‘’The upcoming festival promises an unforgettable adventure for everyone, and we're eagerly anticipating your presence at the Uganda Waragi Corner, where we'll truly immerse ourselves in the celebration of Ugandan culture, Bell Lager Enjoyments and a unique Smirnoff Rave experience.
To us, Nyege Nyege is a demonstration of our purpose as a business – which is to celebrate life while
growing with Uganda. With that, I encourage you all to secure your tickets early and prepare to have a memorable experience. ‘’ – Robert Nsibirwa, Marketing Manager – UBL Spirits
"We're incredibly thrilled to be part of this journey once again, and we've dedicated the past couple
of months to crafting an exceptional festival experience for everyone to enjoy. For this edition, we're taking it to a whole new level – stages will be spread across the entire city. Get ready for an unparalleled adventure in the Nyege Wonderland." - Aly Allibhai, CEO, Talent Africa Group
"We've had instances where certain groups falsely influenced our decision to pause the event, but rest assured, Nyege Nyege will proceed without interruption this time around. The government is fully aware of Nyege Nyege, and we're committed to ensuring it takes place smoothly and on schedule." - Darius Nandinda, RCC, Jinja District
‘’The 2022 festival generated temporary and permanent employment opportunities for hundreds in the region.The event led to the improvement in local infrastructures e.g. roads were improved,
power (Umeme) and piped safe water were extended to Itanda community and surrounding areas.
Nyege Nyege is not just a festival; it's a movement that propels the socioeconomic and cultural aspirations of the Busoga Kingdom and Uganda forward. We eagerly wait to partake in this unforgettable experience and warmly welcome you all to #Nyege23 ‘’ – Hellen Namutamba, Tourism Minister, Busoga Kingdom
‘’I extend a heartfelt invitation to the community of Jinja to embrace the festival as an avenue for economic prosperity. This is a chance for us to unite and demonstrate the warmth of our city to
visitors from all corners.To the rest of the world coming to Nyege Nyege in November, rest assured, we have meticulously addressed security measures to provide an atmosphere of absolute safety.
Come join us for a memorableNyege Nyege experience!" – Kasolo Peter Alton, Mayor of Jinja City.