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Music, drinks, and more music as Nyege Nyege festival lives up to its billing

Revellers have fan at Nyenge Nyege (PHOTO/Courtesy)

BUIKWE — The annual Nyege Nyege music festival ended at the Source of the Nile in Buikwe District on Sunday, September 08, 2019, with revelers from different parts of the world satisfied that they had got their money’s worth.

From the quality of music, food and weather to drinks, four-day event that has since become a cult of sorts lived up to its billing.

The festival started at a slow pace on Thursday but picked up on Friday. By Friday evening, Nile Discovery Beach in Njeru, the venue of the Festival, was painted in a kaleidoscope of colours as cultures, both traditional and contemporary, were celebrated in the makeshift and permanent stages and kiosks.

For a festival that has prided itself in pushing the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) sound, they usually programme almost three quarters DJs, many are from Europe, where the sound is already famous, but this year, besides singers, they had Ugandan EDM DJs such as Kampire, Alpha Otim, famed for fusing Acholi soundswith electronic genres Techno, House and Garage, Faisal Mostrixx, a dancer-cum-DJ whose sets fuse Uganda’s ethno sounds with electronic and Dark Meme, one of the pioneers.

They were over 200 DJs that shared the mainstage with artistes such as Nazizi, Sheebah, The Mith, Lilian Mbabazi, Airport Taxi and Byg Ben Sukuya.

And their audience fed off their energy, dancing and locking, they took in all the art on stage whether it was from a famous artiste or obscure; Nyege Nyege is a party, the definition of music meeting binge, sometimes, those attending don’t even care about the music. Ugandans and visitors from around the world, from all walks of life, were dancing themselves lame and are partaking of the art and crafts.

The festival attracts a big number of tourists that over the years, it has not only attracted investors, but the government as well, for instance, this year; the Ministry of Tourism came onboard as a partner besides the corporate companies.

The festival wrapped on Sunday with activations that started as early as 10am.

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