Nyege Nyege's 2017 Lineup Features Global Bass Music Stars

Article by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus

Wed May 10, 2017 | 15:45 PM

As one of our newest additions to our list of the 300 Best Festivals in the World, Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda is also an important one. Why? Nyege Nyege offers a rare opportunity to see African electronic musicians who seldom play outside their home countries, and has come to be regarded as the African capital of the global bass music scene.

This year's lineup once again brings attendees the best in influential and eclectic musical acts influenced by the continent and abroad.

Nyege Nyege Festival 2017 Lineup Poster

Cameroonian superstar Reniss, who has taken over the continent with her hit “La Sauce” will appear for the first time in East Africa alongside rapper Jovi. Ghanaian DJ/producer Gafacci will also make his regional debut as Jowaa, representing the most cutting edge African electronic music. This year’s festival will also be the East African premier for the Cruel Boyz, Gqom pioneers from Durban, South Africa. Lisbon’s Batida king Dj NK, Italian percussive performance artists Ninos Du Brasil, Germany’s Harmonious Thelonious, Ireland's outer-nationalist Peter Power and dance floor legend DJ Marcelle from the Netherlands will all make their first appearances in Africa.

The 2017 edition places special emphasis on the rich diversity of Ugandan traditional music, with 13 different performance troupes from all corners of the country including the Domadana Kadodi Performers and Ennanga Vision, which is the collaboration with Owiny Sigoma’s Jesse Hackett and Buganda Cultural Ensemble’s Albert Ssempeke.

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In 2016, Nyege Nyege (meaning "the feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance") saw over 200 local and international artists take to the stage in front of 3000 festival-goers, and attracted a global audience thanks to its forward thinking curation of African music. It all takes place on Nile Discovery Beach which is surrounded by over four acres of lush, green tropical forest, with its own private beach on the Nile River and sculptures decorating the landscape. Sound idyllic? That's because it is.

Nyege Nyege Festival goes down in Jina, Uganda, from September 1-3, 2017. Tickets are available here.