Electronic music

Nyege Nyege Festival 2022: bigger and dreamier

After a two-year hiatus, the Nyege Nyege Festival has returned to Uganda in a brand new location to enjoy marvelous performances on its roster for one of the most innovative electronic events in the world.

How time flies… Just a month after the end of the Nyege Nyege Festival in Paris, the unhinged crew are already warming up for East Africa’s biggest festival. Last July was just a taste of what is to come in Uganda next September, an immersive dive into the Nyege Nyege universe. For this 2022 edition, they have decided to move the festival grounds to a more idyllic place. This year’s festivities will take place from September 15 to 18 on the banks of the Nile, near Itanda Falls, in the heart of the Busoga region, a few kilometers from the city of Jinja in Uganda.

In its infancy, the Nyege Nyege festival began with Boutiq Electronique parties launched at the late-night Tilapia club by Derek Debru and Arlen Dilsizian in 2013. It later evolved into a full-fledged festival with its first iteration held in 2015 at a abandoned seaside resort in Jinja. He focused on reconciling African genres with electronic music, instilling a constant need for innovation with Nyege Nyege’s trademark, “uncontrollable urge to dance”. Despite some backlash from the surrounding community for the collective’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community, the 2019 edition was a definite success and that’s why it was especially excruciating to wait for the next installment of the festival.

The only relief was Nyege Nyege’s raucous presence on the electro scene, always introducing exciting new sounds and up-and-coming artists (Kabeaushé, MC Yallah, Ecko Bazz in Music for the Eagles) with a drive to keep the momentum strong, participating in several events with stages in Glastonbury, Primavera, Roskilde, Dour, at Garage Noord in Amsterdam and in Paris last July. Over 200 shows showing the extent of the Nyege Nyege craze which will culminate at this year’s reunion. The urge to dance couldn’t be stronger.

The patience of the fans seems, indeed, to have been rewarded. Beyond the dream location, for its 7th edition, Nyege Nyege has seen fit to prepare a line-up of colossal proportions with more than 300 artists programmed. The crew who came to see us in Paris will of course be there. It includes Turkana, R3ign Drops, Flo, Otim Alpha, Questōonmarq, Flo, Hibotep, DJ Diaki, De Schuurman, PÖ, among others. Nyege Nyege’s commitment to discovering the next big thing will manifest itself with the presence of recently introduced artists, such as Chrisman, DJ Travella, YUNIS and DJ Skothane, all featured on the compilation The Spirit of Nyège 2020. Watch out for Kenyan rapper Boutross, also featured on the album, and Ghanaian-Nigerian diva Adomaa too!

Find more information directly on the festival website.