L'Orchestre Les Mangelepa / Sho Madjozi / Stella Chiweshe / Etran de L'Air / Errorsmith / Jlin / Ekuka / Dominowe / Nkisi / Juliana Huxtable / Rian Treanor / Otim Alpha & Leo Palayeng / Giant Swan / Rude Boyz / Nihiloxica / Modern Institute / HHY & The Macumbas / FAKA / Hama/ Rehema Tahiri / Bamba Pana X Makaveli / DJ Duke X MCZ0 / DJ Marcelle / Cours des Grands Rebellion / PRAED / JASSS / Jagwa Music / Sleeping Buddah / Nachibembe Xylophone Ensemble / Bonaventure / Slikback / STILL/ Yamaneko / Sisso/ Fonkodelis Arkestra / Dj Scribby / AD Family/ Don Zilla / Kisiwani Band Vanga / Nilotica Culture Ensemble /DJ Balotelli/ Phatstoki/ Maata / Jay Mitta/ Faizal Mostrixx / Jarreau Vandal / Conor Thomas / DJ Kampire / Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble / Black Bandana / Tomoko Sauvage / Mc Yallah / Kimyan Law / Mika Oki / Tesa / Beenie Gunter / DJ Morgiana/ Sarah Farina / Janzi Band/ Tutu / Uriel Barthelemi / Swordman Kitala / Msafiri Zawose / Hot in Da Club / Authentically Plastic / Selector Jay X Apeman/ Domadana Kadodi Performers / Slick Stuart & Roja/ Kalalu Cultural Group / DJ Raph / Taata Bosch & Body of Brian / KMRU/ DJ Crisio / Dj Fonk / Liz Lubega / Zetina Mosia / Baby Meelo / Opium Hum / Mina & Bryte / Busy Twist /Monski/ Grackyl / Maro / Dj Coco Em/ Sameedia /Mo/ Gil Low / Giovanni Kremer / Kongoloko / Guiss Guiss Bou Bess/ Mr Mankwa / DJ soFa / Dread Steppa / / Rati Gun & Vampino feat Kid Gringo/ DJ Henry / Hibotep / DJ Pitches / Tontoma Sound System/ Ocen / Dogo Muchi / MC Card Reader/ MC Memory Card / DJ Longo / DJ Tak Show/ Mememormee / Emily Dust/ Kallida / Ras Clan International/ Wakaliwood & Ramone Productions/ Dj Yan/ Bwayo / Aleczandah/ Fya LeBoof/ Sauvage Sound System/ Catudiosis + Many More
Nyege Nyege: (noun, Luganda) The feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance.
2018 promises to be a breakthrough year for Uganda’s MTN Nyege Nyege Festival. After being voted best event of 2017 by the Ugandan media, the 2018 edition will double the size of the festival ground, with a whole new dedicated river side camping area to give revelers a festival experience that is more comfortable and more fun. The 4-day music and arts extravaganza will feature over 300 artists from more than 30 countries on 4 stages, including the new “Dark Star” stage that will feature a world class line up of electronic music DJs and the “Spirit of Uganda” stage that will feature the best of traditional troupes in an idyllic acoustic setting. 2018 will also see a complete site transformation by some of East Africa’s most exciting visual artists and installation experts. The festival will kick off on Thursday September 6th and finish Monday morning when the last DJ pulls the plug. The extensive line up will feature some of the continent’s most cutting edge musicians, DJs and producers, including artists under Nyege Nyege Tapes, the festival’s critically acclaimed associated label. MTN Nyege Nyege is also expected to attract an increasing number of foreigners from the region and beyond, putting Uganda on the map as an exciting travel destination.
The 2018 line up features acts from all over the Continent, with a special focus on South Africa and Tanzania. The SA artists will be headlined by Afrohouse MC Sho Madjozi, the Durban Gqom scene will come full force with Rude Boyz, Dominowe and Phatstoki and underground sgubhu producer Sleeping Buddah completes the list. The Tanzanian line up will feature the cream of the Singeli scene of Dar Es Salaam including the “Godmother of Singeli” Rehema Tahiri for an exclusive performance, as well as rhythm heavy Jagwa Music troupe and Gogo multi instrumentalist Msafiri Zawose. Tuareg wedding band Etran de l’Air will leave Niger for the first time to perform at MTN Nyege Nyege. Kenya will be represented by L’Orchestre Les Mangelepa, considered as one of the golden era of Kenyan Lingala. They will be complemented by a host of the most exciting new DJ’s and producers from Nairobi including Shrap artists AD Family, Dj Raph, DJ Coco em, and new female rap sensation Monski. Uganda will showcase the best of their traditional musical heritage with musicians from over 15 tribal traditions, and a host of the most exciting producers and DJ’s from around the country including electro Kadodi producers from Mbale, Electro Acholi Dj’s from Gulu and a who’s who of Kampala’s electronic music scene. MTN Nyege Nyege will also feature a number of specially commissioned performances in preparation a month prior to the festival that will premier at this years edition.
The international line up is boosted by a partnership with the SHAPE platform, under which 13 acts from this years SHAPE artist roster will join MTN Nyege Nyege including JASSS, Giant Swan, Tonoko Sauvage & Yamaneko. International line up will also feature JLin, Dj Marcelle, Juliana Huxtable, Modern Institute, Errorsmith and PRAED. Several Afro-Disaporan artists will be returning to the continent including Nkisi, Bonaventure from Congo DRC and Zimbabwean Mbira Queen Stella Chiweshe.
Once again the festival organizers have made a statement with a line up that combines the freshest acts from the African underground together with exciting acts from all over the continent and the world.