Orchestre Les Mangalepa (KE)
Orchestre Les Mangelepa was formed in July 1976. Mangelepa extensively toured East and Central Africa and are known for their spectacular stage shows. A search for quality instruments brought the Congolese band Orchestre Baba National to Kenya in 1975. The orchestra is equipped with top vocalists, guitarists, drummers, pianists and tenor & alto saxophonists. Having being around for over 30 years, the band carries a taste of the past into the present while pressing on to appeal even in the future.
Sho Madjozi (ZA)
Sho Madjozi, real name Maya Wegerif, is a South African rapper. She is known for featuring in Okmalumkoolkat's Ngiyashisa Bhe and Gqi, as well as DJ Maphorisa's Problem, she is one of the fastest rising stars in South Africa’s underground electronic music scene.
Stella Chiweshe (ZW)
Plenty of artists claim to play "trance music," but Zimbabwe's Stella Chiweshe delivers the genuine article. Portions of her repertoire come straight from the religious rituals of the Shona people, and audience members at her concerts have claimed spontaneous healings or visits from spirits in response to the beautiful melodies she coaxes from her mbira "thumb piano." Even if you don't experience supernatural effects, a few moments of Chiweshe's delicate but powerful playing will surely raise your bliss levels by a factor of 10. She pioneered the practice of blending mbiras and marimbas in ensemble performances and is the most famous woman band leader in Zimbabwe.
Etran de L’Aïr (NE)
Playing for over 20 years, and one of the longest playing “wedding bands” in the city of Agadez in Niger, they are also one of the hardest working groups in the area. Unique amongst their Tuareg peers, Etran plays a music that represents multi-ethnicities of Agadez and contemporary Niger, incorporating desert blues, Mande music, and even soukouss into their guitar heavy compositions. Featured in the documentary “A Story of Sahel Sounds” in 2017, we will be releasing their debut album in May 2018.
Anyone interested in what lies at the intersection of experimental and dance music has probably heard of Errorsmith. The 48-year-old programmer, electronic musician and DJ has a respected reputation as a producer of jagged grooves and intense energy. He's the instrument designer and programmer behind the now ubiquitous digital synth Razor. He collaborates with Fiedel as the beloved rave act MMM. He has the deconstructed disco project Smith N Hack alongside Soundhack (also known as Soundstream). In 2015, he released a gravity-defying EP with Mark Fell on PAN, the label releasing his new solo album, Superlative Fatigue. Fiedel is a Berghain resident; Soundstream is a Panorama Bar regular; Fell is a cerebral artist born out of Sheffield's bleep scene. You can hear the triangulation of these influences in his work, but Errorsmith is a deeply individual project.
This Indiana-based artist uses footwork to build amazing rhythmic structures, but the truth is that her sound is already so personal and unconventional that it is hard to attribute it to one particular genre. Performing live, Jlin is even more passionate than when in the studio, constructing exciting meshes of percussions, timbres and melodies.
Dominowe is a 20 year old producer from the Newlands east township of Durban, South Africa who started out making music just for his friends. One of the most promising new gqom producers from Durban, Dominowe will also be showcasing his recent collaboration with Otim Alpha that took place at South Africa’s Africa Express in February 2018 in Joburg.
Juliana Huxtable (US)
The multimedia artist, producer and DJ Juliana Huxtable is recognized both in the club and art worlds of New York, exploring the intersections of race, gender and identity through different mediums. As the co-founder of the Shock Value clubnight and a skilled DJ, she’s known for her explosive sets melting multiple genres into a radical response to collective emotions. She shatters musical boundaries, while bringing subcultures together in a safe space.
Rian Treanor (UK)
Rian Treanor's sound practice re-imagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of interlocking and fractured components. Drawing upon his study with Lupo at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering, plus years spent curating the Enjoy artspace in Leeds, Treanor's sound uses off centred rhythmic arrangements, referencing the dynamics of garage and techno as much as Fluxus and Dada cut-ups.
Since 2015 Treanor has focused on his solo sound works, developing musical environments for improvisations within his live performances. He has recently signed to Annex artist agency who are managing bookings for his live shows.
Otim Alpha & Leo Palayeng (UG)
At weddings in Northern Uganda, special Acholi songs are played known as 'Larakaraka’. Over a decade ago, Otim Alpha began collaborating with fellow wedding musician and producer Leo Palayeng to mix up Acholi music into a newer hyper-frenetic electronic version known as Acholitronix. They toured the style across East Africa, and became known to Nyege Nyege Tapes who showcased them at their festival, and released Otim’s hit collection ‘Gulu City Anthems’. The tape sold out within days, and later in 2017 Otim performed at Unsound Festival, earning him a live reputation that warranted festival director Mat Schultz’s Instagram post “Every European festival MUST book Otim Alpha!
Giant Swan (UK)
Currently docking in Bristol, UK, Giant Swan is the brainchild of Robin Stewart & Harry Wright; an acerbic marriage of energised, aggressive dance music, quaking bass and hypnotic electronic noise. Across a table of machines and pedals, incorporating abused guitar and liberal vocal manipulation, Giant Swan create a cross-breed of hypnotic bass, industrial percussion and disorientating energy delivered with telepathic intricacy. Vital players within Bristol’s Howling Owl collective and with strong ties to the city’s deep musical heritage, Giant Swan have steadily spread their wings across the UK and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of Surgeon, Vessel, Shackleton, Venetian Snares and Container. On stage, Giant Swan are a maelstrom of potential energy, bleeding between several sonic movements that both obliterate and invigorate. Building on a foundation of rhythmic tension and frenzied improvisation, no two performances are the same as the duo re-build and destroy their twisted vision of techno-not- techno. The acclaimed release of the Earn 12″ on FuckPunk in 2016 confirmed them as one of the most exciting electronic acts to emerge in recent years, and this 2017’s EP on Timedance along with game changing performances at Villette Sonique, Berghain and Unsound Festival have taken things to a whole new level.
Rude Boyz (ZA)
Recognized as the Gqom originators, the producAon and Dj duo that works to spread their unique energy and sound from Durban’s townships and sound systems, through rhythmic and raw sounds
evolving from 90s Kwaito, house music & hip-hop beats, from the hazy origins of what is now known as Gqom.
The duo started in 2012 from the producAon of Andile T & Masive_Q. From their hometown of Mt Moriah, outside the notorious Durban township of Kwamashu....
The friends that lived next door to each started hanging out more marking beats and pioneered the new movement of Gqom....
From the rough coasts of ZA, gqom carries rhythmic and raw elements evolving from 90s Kwaito, South African house music and hip hop beats.
Although new to the industry, RudeBoyz have peaked the interest of many internaAonal acts including UK’s Goon Club Allstars who have released their first ever vinyl EP (Rudeboyz EP, released in 2015), as well as other pla`orms from Radio Cómeme to Dazed Digital sharing their story and showcasing the gqom wave of a hypnoAc layers of driving, intense, graAfying and slow-burning rhythms.
Rudeboyz have conAnued to build strong relaAonships with local and internaAonal musical community and industry. As producers, alongside making their own tracks, they have expanding to working on original composiAons of tracks, as well as remixes, with South African contemporaries such as SAlo Magolide, as well as champions of SA sounds like MaAas Aguayo.
Nyege Nyege residents Spooky-J and pq corrupt the Nilotica Cultural Ensemble with techno sensibilities and a whole load of darkness. While Ugandan music often treads the happier side of life, Nihiloxica brings the drums of Buganda and ships them to the underworld and back in a live project designed to utilise the trance-like state created by indigenous percussion troupes and fuse it with club music from the basements of Europe designed to achieve exactly the same goals.
Modern Institute (UK)
Glasgow’s hottest new prospect and Golden Teacher splinter cell The Modern Institute; an iconoclastic trio of agitators that have made one of the freshest and most vital blends of post-punk, art-school and techno sensibilities to emerge in recent memory with their recent LP ‘Another Exhibition at the Modern Institute’.
HHY and the Macumbas (PT)
The Macumbas are a cast of musicians assembled by Jonathan Saldanha to perform his percussion/brass/bass/echo constructions, combining a feverish barrage of bone-percussion, sub-bass pressure, clusters of horns and Skull Cave echo. Influenced by electricity, Ballard, Sherwood, Burroughs and Carpenter, using Dub to unravel the sonic spectrum and the rhythms from the mental jungle.
The Johannesburg collective FAKA was established by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea. It has come to represent more than the “performance art duo” descriptor that has defined it since its inception in 2015 – at this point, it embodies an outright cultural movement.
The duo debuted at the BubblegumClubbb Nights held at Johannesburg's Hazard Gallery in 2015, where they presented #Wait Lorraine: A Wemmer Pan-African Introduction to Siyakaka Feminism. That same year, they released their popular ode to Brenda Fassie, a video piece titled From A Distance. The following year (2016) was defined by the duo’s release of the Bottoms Revenge EP, a collection of ancestral gqom-gospel sounds. They run a celebrated club night called Cunty Power.
Their hybridised mode of practice and challenging subject matter as artists has led them to various international festivals, such as the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016); Unsound Festival Poland (2016); FLOW Festival (2017), and Digging the Global South (2017), amongst many others. In October 2017, FAKA released Amaqhawe, their much-anticipated sophomore EP.
Rehema Tahiri (TZ)
Hailing from Mburahati Dar es Salaam, Rehema is the godmother of Signeli. A former famous lingala dancer Rehema, she was the one of the earliest Singeli vocalists bridging the gap between earlier styles of Sebene and its latest variations.
Makavelli & Bamba Pana (TZ)
The duo have taken the representing the Sound of SIngelli in Europe.
MCZO & DJ Duke (TZ)
Another power house of the Underground Singeli world, DJ Duke and MCZO punkish and fast (even by singeli standards) performances take things to the next level, if that was even possible with it comes to Singeli music.
Dj Marcelle (Nl)
Surprise, adventure, entertainment and education: Four key words often used for describing Dutch DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess. Using live (and in the studio) three turntables, Marcelle puts different styles of music in a different context. She changes the way we experience those individual styles. She fuses musical styles like no other, making it seem like they always belonged together and making the audience believe they are listening to one track instead of three played simultaneously!
Cours des Grands Rebellion (CD)
Originally haling from Kinshasha Congo DRC, and residents in many a Congolese clubs in Kampala, ‘Les Cours’ play their own take on Soukous, a little rawer and heavier than usual, le Cours infuse traditional Soukous with their own punk aesthetic.
JASSS (S. Jiménez Alvarez) is a sound artist and producer raised on the Northern coast of Spain. Her parents were passionate about jazz, African and South American rhythms, which became some of the most formative influences in her life. From an early age, her fascination with sound drove her pursuit of understanding the relationship between music and people. She left Spain to launch this endeavour, leaving behind a social and cultural landscape from which she felt increasingly alienated. Feeling fractured in focus, she began shaping a theme from the distractions, channeling it into new works. The punk and hardcore roots of her youth evolved into a deep plunge in industrial, dub and experimental music—worlds of sound that were evocative in mystifying, inaccessible ways. These days, she is focused on the experimentation of sound and spaces, working on several projects including electroacoustic pieces, live, and audiovisual performances. Her first solo album, Weightless, will be released in 2017 on the Swedish label iDEAL Recordings.
Jagwa Music (TZ)
Jagwa Music emerged in 1992 as a spin-off from an earlier group playing chakacha (locally a mixture of the bite & tunes of Mombasa taarab songs with Zaramo rhythmic and kinetic ideas) at weddings and other family celebrations. Their name Jagwa (from the French fighter plane) came up in opposition to their rivals which had named themselves Scud, all terminology coming down right from the first Gulf War. Initially Jagwa’s sound was closer to chakacha, yet they developed their edge with the current members joining within the past ten years: Above all, these are the two kinanda (Casio) players Daliki and Diploma, intensifying the style with their minimalist end-of-day feedback and distortion deluges, Mazinge’s and TP’s powerful and always shifting drumming patterns; and, more recently with current front man and main attraction Jackie joining. The latter is an energetic singer and performer, belting out songs and commentaries on day-to-day street life with never-ending vigor. On tour this core line-up is joined by spectacular dancer Catherine Msafiri, who through her stage antics manages to bring over some of the vibes of Jagwa’s regular performances in the Dar es Salaam area.
They are the leading exponent of the Mchiriku style, which originated twenty years ago in the poor suburbs of Dar es Salaam, when cheap Casio keyboards became available, and drew the attention of bands who were playing Chakacha dance music. What happened next is reminiscent of other, by now familiar stories (like that of Konono No.1): Jagwa Music & their peers were immediately attracted by the Casio's lo-fi sound, adopted it, hooked it to vintage amps and megaphones, and the resulting gritty, edgy, distortion-laden sound was rechristened Mchiriku. This new style has been thriving ever since in Tanzania, although it's been deliberately ignored by the media, as it is associated with uhuni (thuggery) and the city’s low life.
Sleeping Buddah (ZA)
Sleeping Buddha gives Durban’s Gqom music a new spin with electro beats.
And why the name Sleeping Buddha/Resting Buddha? Trishen finds great comfort, motivation and creativity in meditation and so he wanted to infuse this in his work. Or should I say passion. Because music is what he does full-time. He studied sound engineering and music production at the Creative Arts College in Durban, to make sure that he gets it right.
Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe (UG)
When the Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe sit down beside the embaire (a huge indigenous wooden xylophone) expect a hypnotic, relentless polyrhythmic onslaught of eight players locked into a groove that transcends time and space. With a forthcoming release on Nyege Nyege Tapes, this intense style from Busoga (East Uganda) is a spectacle worth observing.
Bonaventure is Soraya Lutangu’s nom de guerre. Under this alias, she has been developing sonic weaponry designed to confront oppressive power structures, tell the story of violence, indifference and abuse fuelled by racism, with Complexion released on NON Worldwide last year marking the prelude to her protest, fully expressed on Free Lutangu released via PTP. She uses music as an identity research tool along with practical and speculative initiatives to connect her African and European roots and investigate human relationships. A regular on Berlin Community Radio, Bonaventure has also made herself at home for several hours on London’s NTS. Her radio mixes bring disparate genres into smooth sequences she refuses to protect from abrupt collisions.
This young Kenyan producer and DJ has been honing his craft in house at Boutiq Studio, and finds himself the resident beat-maker and DJ for a large majority of Kampala's vocal talent. Slick has a way of making music that turns everybody who hears it into a G. The subs will be booming, the crowd will be skanking and whether Slikback is mixing trap, dubstep, house, dancehall, or his own productions, which fuse the best of all these genres in a uniquely accessible dark presentation, it's guaranteed that everybody will be firing fictional bullets into the sky.
Since breaking through with 2014’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Pixel Wave Embrace, Yamaneko has been one of the key electronic artists combining club music with ambient aesthetics – with a sound equally inspired by grime, new age ambient, video game OSTs and techno. Despite being his first release, Pixel Wave Embrace was acclaimed and influential and is often referred to as a cult classic – praised highly by Dummy, Dazed, Resident Advisor, FACT, Tiny Mixtapes, Juno Plus and Fader, and played in sets by Objekt, Kassem Mosse, Peverelist, Mr. Mitch, Logos and Mumdance, who referred to the album as his favourite LP of 2014.
Since the album’s release, Yamaneko has performed twice on Boiler Room, contributed mixes to Dazed and The Fader, hosted sporadic shows on NTS and Rinse FM, has launched a monthly Radar Radio show, Fragrance Transmissions, and is a resident DJ at New Atlantis. His second album, 2016’s Project Nautilus, was a darker, less inviting album but equally acclaimed – in Resident Advisor’s words, a series of “singular soundscapes from unexpected sources.”
Yamaneko has also released three well-received experimental ambient albums and an exclusive mix of his own productions for Truants under the alias Talbot Fade, and is one half of Yaroze Dream Suite with Mr. Mitch. Yamaneko’s third and most recent album, Spa Commissions expanded on his ambient beginnings and was based on environmental music originally composed for a spa in Europe. He will be debuting his live set in 2018.
Fonkodelis Archestra (UG)
Following last year's legendary unplugged performance at 5am on Sunday night in the bar at Nyege Nyege 2017, accompanied by some of the strangest dance moves we've ever seen, the Fonkodelis Arkestra are back with their unique blend of traditional Baganda percussion. The only three headed drum in Uganda originally made for the Baganda king will also make an appearance again. His Fonkoness will share traditional folk tales and futuristic sonic clairvoyance in a transcending experience.
DJ Scribby (ZA)
Hailing from Clermont, a township of Durban, Scriby has long been working behind the scenes of the South African movement, often acting as mic man for close friend and ‘gqom King’ DJ Lag.
His production debut offers a fresh take on the Durban sound, crafting warped harmonies that don’t stray too far from the rugged melodies of grime, or the retro futurism of Detroit techno, whilst retaining gqom’s unrelenting backbone and hypnotic pressure.
Don Zilla (UG)
Zilla is a multi-talented artist working with Nyege Nyege as an in house producer at Boutiq Studio. Zilla has a deep history of musicality, playing keyboards in various bands in Kampala through the years, and only recently turning his hand to music production. This sense of musicianship shows through in his experimental and uplifting production style, which holds no regard for any genre or style other than his own.
Kisiwani Band Vanga (TZ)
The Vanga style of Zaramo tribes traditional music from Tanzania resonates closely with many contemporary styles of Tanzanian electronic music. Very fast paced with interlocking percussive grooves, this will be the first time that Vanga music will be performed in Uganda.
Maata and group (UG)
Maata is one of the oldest musicians of the Busoga areas. A legendary figure in the music of the Busoga tribe, first recorded by enthnomusicologist Peter Cooke in the early 1980’s. This will be his second performance at Nyege Nyege.
Faizal Mostrixx (UG)
One of the most recognised contemporary dancers in Kampala, Faizal approaches African and Ugandan ideas with own distinct style, and through many different mediums. Alongside his dancing career, Faizal is a producer and DJ in his own right. Through all his work he tries to preserve and develop African cultural heritage, and his music attempts to give African traditional instruments and organic rhythms a poetic electronic instrumentalism.
Conor Thomas (UK)
Conor Thomas currently co-curates the Death of Rave and Boomkat Editions record labels. He is also a DJ, spinning at Faktion events, Blackest Ever Black and Unknown To The Unknown parties, Berghain for CTM festival. He is also founder of the popular Manchester club night Faktion which has hosted artists such as Arca, M.E.S.H and Sounds of Sisso.
DJ Kampire (UG)
Kampire has been making Ugandan party people dance since 2015. After honing her craft at Hollywood, home of Nyege Nyege Tapes, she opened for Jojo Abot's Kampala Women's Day concert, rocked the Eternal Disco stage at Nyege Nyege International Music Festival in Jinja, and followed The Black Madonna's East African debut, as part of Santuri Safari’s Femme Electronic. In 2017 she has already performed at Amani Festival Goma, Congo, Africa Bass Culture in Burkina Faso and opened for international acts like Diplo and DJ Maphorisa in Uganda.
Kampire's sets perfectly mix nostalgic and contemporary African sensibilities. Her syncopated picks will take the dancer from the Lingala that reminds them of their parents' parties, to the make-your-booty-touch-the-ground songs that remind no one of their parents, to the faster-paced beats from diverse continental and diasporic traditions that will make you forget even yourself.
Sapienz and the Congo Techno Ensemble (CD)
Congotechno is ready to take over the world, and Rey Sapienz is going to be it's ambassador. He's bringing together the best Congolese talent in Kampala and producing club ready dance tracks with the spirit of Congo running through their veins. Sometimes that spirit comes in the form of a soukous guitar line, but other times it is indecipherable – lying somewhere in the ether between the groove and the obscure atmopheres he creates. Ever present is the unique simplicity of Rey's multilingual vocal style, bringing minimalist lyrical genius in Swahili, Lingala and French and English.
STILL feat Special Guests (IT/UG)
STILL is a moniker of Simone Trabucchi of Invernomuto and Hundebiss Records - who has previously recorded and performed as Dracula Lewis. His new leftfield dancehall release released on PANion 2017. Featuring three vocalists, Devon Miles from Nigeria, Freweini from Erythrea and Keidino from Italy. For MTN Nyege Nyege, he will be performing.
Tomoko Sauvage (JP)
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sauvage moved to Paris in 2003 after studying jazz piano in New York. Through listening to Alice Coltrane and Terry Riley, she became interested in Indian music and studied improvisation of Hindustani music. In 2006, she attended a concert of Aanayampatti Ganesan, a virtuoso of Jalatharangam – the traditional Carnatic music instrument with water-filled porcelain bowls. Fascinated by the simplicity of its device and sonority, Sauvage immediately started to hit China bowls with chopsticks in her kitchen. Soon her desire of immersing herself in the water engendered the idea of using an underwater microphone and led to the birth of the electro-aquatic instrument.
Mc Yallah (KE)
Influenced by the Fugees and Queen Pen, she entered the hip-hop industry in Uganda in late 1999, as a pioneering female hip-hop artist, with most performances at DV8, a by then hang-out joint that became a launching-pad for many of Uganda’s music elite. She quickly rose to be one of the most prominent and recognized female emcees in Uganda. MC Yallah makes music that ministers to people’s souls. Her desire is to see the youths of this generation with integrity, being motivated to work, learn and be better leaders of tomorrow.
Kimyan Law (AT)
Having its roots in Drum & Bass, the music flies far beyond the confines of that often-formulaic genre, expanding sonic ranges and disrupting standard arrangements. Mpunga incorporates African instruments and influences into his set up, achieving a rare organic and human quality among the cold electronics. Glittering cascades of tuned percussion are expertly weaved into layers of state-of-the-art bass and the result is a stunning, future/primitive array of romantic and cinematic music that, with its sheer humanity, seduces everyone who experiences it.
Mika Oki (FR)
Mika Oki is a French-Japanese visual and sound artist, living and working in Brussels. With a background in sculpture and electro-acoustic music, she explores the notion of intangible spaces and emotional landscapes through video and sound installations, using abstract sound textures, and kinetic mental images. Mika Oki also developed an interest in DJing in clubs and radio shows where she translates her atmospherical experimentations, blurring the boundaries between techno and ambient/narrative sounds. During the CYNETART Festival in 2017, she collaborated with dancers, performers and poets, creating during 24 hours an evolutive environment where all landmarks of space and temporality disappear.
TESA is a three-piece band from Riga, Latvia, formed in the end of 2005, which tries not to classify their style of heavy music in any particular way and give the listener a free choice of interpretation by mixing different styles and sub-genres, creating something unique and passionate. Since 2005, the band has gained much attention with numerous tours and festival appearances. TESA released several albums on labels in Latvia, Russia, France and Germany over the last 10 years. Their releases demonstrate a passion for experimenting with genres and sound textures, mixing dark melodies with feathery soundscapes, ambiences, psychedelic loops, and even noise music, abstracting themselves from mainstream standards of heavy music.
Beenie Gunter (UG)
Beenie Gunter is fast rising dance-hall artist who is signed to Savy Music, he is the master mind behind songs like ‘No Offence’, and with fellow dance-hall diva Sheebah, ‘Sugar’, ‘John Paul’ among many others. He is a humble guy who sings in Luganda, English and Jamaican Patois. With his recent signing to Talent Africa, things are looking good for this young singer.
DJ Morgiana (PL)
Karnacewicz constantly develops her musical practice working with performative aspect. Ze took part in a mechanic-organic performance entangling Astma’s electronics with sounds of plants in K105K gallery in Warsaw, before ze conceived a multi-sensual action “Touch Room” with dancer/performer Rafał Pierzyński and Piotr Tkacz with whom ze created a soundscape for this situation. This was an outcome of a residency at Lamella – the house of queer arts in Cracow. In June ze was invited by BWA – municipal art gallery of Bydgoszcz as a part of “Night of Performance” where ze presented a deeply personal, shamanic performance drawing upon purifying power of wildness. Ze composed music specifically for this occasion and set a crystal mandala with minerals and other natural elements.
Sarah Farina (DE)
Sarah Farina sprinkles positivity over the darkest bass. She’s innovative, she’s skilful, and she’s the smiling antithesis of genre cliques and sour scene elitists. What you hear is all you need to know. And what you’ll hear from Sarah Farina’s sets is seamlessly blended bass-heavy footwork and futuristic beats, with fearless forays through R&B and UK Funky. It’s inclusive, forward-thinking and unrestrained. It’s a genre-rejecting style that she’s named rainbowbass.
The sessions of Tutu are odes to life, between pure adrenaline and the most genuine curiosity. Like windows that open to horizons both near and far, her sets run through the landscape with the same intensity that she lives other creative facets of her life. With a spectrum of sounds that range from bass house to cosmic trance, abstract grime, schizophrenic tribalism and acid techno, Tutu on the decks can go from underground dance to the most experimental sounds, which direct the feet and maintain the brain occupied with sensations that run skin deep.
Gemma Planell has performed under the Tutu pseudonym for a number of years, always displaying exquisite taste and personality, with her DJ sets putting into practice her idea of storytelling. Preferring to remain out the spotlight and away from media attention, she has forged a personal style heard in clubs and festivals, with online recordings of sets and mixes for radios and magazines that demonstrate her unique talents. A recent example was her contribution to the Female Pressure series with a mix that only included tracks produced by women.
Uriel Barthelemi (FR)
Uriel Barthélémi is a drummer, composer and electro-acoustic musician. Following his studies at the conservatoires of Reims, La Courneuve, Montreuil, and Ircam, he embarked upon electro-acoustic compositional work. This has led him to collaborate in numerous areas of the performing arts from 2002 onwards: dance, marionettes, theatre, as well as the visual arts. Intimately combining drums and electronics, a flexible composing style and improvisation he has had works commissioned by Lafayette Anticipation, Parades for FIAC, Maerzmusik, Césaré – CNCM, Sacem / CDMC, Al Mamal Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation.
Msafiri Zawose (TZ)
Tanzania’s Msafiri Zawose has been one of the biggest slept-on musical forces from the region. That’s about to change with the imminent arrival of a new album that will redefine the boundaries of gogo music.
The Wagogo people are his traditionally nomadic tribe from the center of Tanzania, known for their musicality and made famous by Hukwe Zawose - Msafiri’s father, who toured the world as a part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster in the 80s and 90s. Working with Santuri East Africa, the much respected platform that has been responsible for some of the most interesting collaborations coming out of East Africa in recent years, the son continues his eminent father’s journey.
Hot in da club (UK/UG)
You wanna get hot? You wanna be in da club? This is it for you. Two guys coming together, getting all sweaty and stuff and it's in the club. What do you wanna hear when you're in da club? Intense sweltering techno of course. With dystopian polyrhythmic synth tones and heavy ass drums, what more could you want? Live, improvised dancefloor heat coming from the depths of Boutiq Studio.
Authentically Plastic (UG)
Authentically Plastic’ is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer, and DJ based in Kampala. Their sets, at once genre-defying and dance-able, mainly centre on femme artists and are heavily defined by Vogue beats, Jersey house, UK Bass, Gqom, Kwaito and other experimental sounds from ‘out there’.
Domdamda Kadodi Performers (UG)
The explosive, lightning speed percussion of the Bagisu tribe, traditionally performed during the yearly Imbalu circumcision rituals, comes to Nyege Nyege for the first time, after mudslides on the mountains of Mbale prevented them from making to their performance last year.
Kalalu Cultural Group (UG)
Kalau cultural group is founded by former National Heart beat of African troupe which was a Uganda’s national cultural troupe, active in the 1970’s, during Idi Amins time. Ziraba is the leader. It is typical traditional music of Basoga people including pan pipes, xylophone, fiddle, drums and dancing.
DJ Raph (KE)
DJ Raph is an electronic musician, producer, and DJ from Nairobi, Kenya—and a central figure in the country's growing underground electronic music scene.
His debut album "builds rich, textured electronic music" from pan-African ethnographic field recordings, and provides "a deep melange of modern electronic bass music, African chants and traditional rhythms. It emerges from weeks of research in the extensive music archive of the Iwalewahaus (Bayreuth) and recently released on Berlin techno label Noland.
Nairobi-based producer Joseph Kamaru, better known under the name KMRU, is notable for making intelligent atmospheric and emotionally evocative electronic music. His sonic identity has evolved alongside his journey from classical guitar to production. Using everything from gritty, indigenous sound to recorded ‘atmospheric noise’ or intricate sonic landscapes. The result sees emotive ambient, geographic soundscapes, electronica and even techno. KMRU anchors his music in the space where electronic music, nature, and life intersect.
DJ Yan (CD)
Hailing from Bukavu Congo DRC, DJ Yan is kampala’s best electro Soukous DJ and resident in many of Kampala’s hot Congolese Night Clubs.
Mina & Bryte (UK/GH)
Starting out as a DJ around 2012, Mina has been lighting up the Radar Radio airwaves for the past year on her Boko! Boko! show, spinning a selection of transatlantic dance, kwaito, kuduro, afrobeats and dancehall. At Nyege Nyege this year she is collaborating with Ghanaian MC Bryte, building on the success of their massive banger 'Sentah'.
Dj Henry (UG)
At long last, acholitronix wizard DJ Henry is here to give us a taste of what's going on electronically in the lands of the acholi.