KAMPALA – The 2020 Edition of the Nyege Nyege Festival is set to take place next month from the 3rd to the 6th of December, and will bring together the biggest pan African music and art showcase ever put together into epic virtual production made for television and online consumption.
Unlike the previous years, this year, millions of people will get a chance to attend the festival in the comfort of the living rooms due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers say that they want to use this opportunity to support the creative industry artists, event planners, DJs, producers, and others who have been disproportionately affected by the lockdown.
The 6th edition that is sponsored by Bell lager will focus on African underground music and culture with 96 hours of live performances, concerts, DJ sets, AV installations, a specially curated film program, fitness and dance workshops, performance art, cooking shows, and an online art gallery featuring over 350 artists co-presented by 45 African and Afro-centric collectives.
“We are back with 4 days and 4 nights of pure entertainment, combining a series of COVID-safe activities around Kampala with a custom digital experience curated by artists from 27 participating countries. Fans should expect the very best that East Africa’s art scene has to offer with live music, comedy, fashion, film, digital art, and many collaborative experiments in-between,” said Derek Debru, co-founder of Nyege Nyege.
From Uganda, there will be performances from the legendary Afrigo Band, Jose Chameleone, and dancehall queen Cindy Sanyu, as well as Kampire, Duma, Slikback, MC Yallah, Otim Alpha, Catu Diosis, Nilotika, Slikbak, and more. Other participating artists include Principe (Lisbon), Moonshine (Quebec), Jookoo (Barcelona), AS A SS and Al Hara (Palestine), a special comedy program curated by Kenyan comedy star Mammito and many more, all of which are available free of charge on the Nyege Nyege website.
Talent Africa’s CEO Aly Allibhai says, “We are excited to produce this year’s virtual festival which will remind people of the amazing Nyege Nyege vibes with a 4-day musical showcase airing on NBS Television and online at www.nyegenyege.com,”