GATO PRETO (MZ/ GH)
GATO PRETO (MOZAMBIQUE/ GHANA)
Their masked mystique is the music – a tropical bass thunderstorm of candy rain and sound clouds. The duo – producer Lee Bass and rapper/singer Gata Misteriosa – unveil the African music paradise reflecting their roots in the polyrhythm of Bass’ Ghana and the Portuguese slang of Gatas Mozambique.
With ahypersonic beat-machine Gato Preto travel through time and bass – always on the hunt for new grooves. For a long time Lee was sending out frequencies into space when he finally caught a strange message from another galaxy: it was Gata who responded. The two decided to remix their forces for a world with better grooves. Gata descends from a rhyme tribe located in a far away sound system, while Lee comes from Planet Decibel where he grew up in an hyper room fed by bass. Follow them on their journey, while they explore galaxies, sound-systems and planets full of grooves: they will break the sonic barrier. Some call their sound Future Kuduro and Global Bass Music, others simply enjoy something very unique.
Unique is what they are live: futuristic outfits combined with Gata jumping the stage, rhyming, singing and drobing the drums. They played at the African Futures Festival in Johnnesburg in November 2015. Gato Preto are part of the international afro-futuristic scene where they travel the globe and collaborate with many international artist like Edu K, Spoek Mathambo, Mc Zulu and many more.
Watch out: In Spring 2016 Gato Preto will release their highly acclaimed album and they will tour Europe, the USA and have their EAST AFRICAN PREMIERE at the Nyege Nyege Festival
MAMMAN SANI (NE)
Mamman Sani (Niger)
The legend himself Mamman Sami performs for the first time in another African country outside his own Niger. Mamman Sali composed and performed keyboard interstitials for television and radio in Niger in the ’70s, popular and mysterious African library music.
JOMAAGA (WORLD PREMIERE)
JOMAAGA (WORLD PREMIERE)
Africa’s next supergroup: Joey le Soldat, Gan Gah and Max le Daron joined forces to create JOMAAGA. Between Grime and African Dance Music.
DANIEL HAAKSMAN (DE)
Daniel Haaksman (Germany)
Few individuals can claim to have done so much for musical exchange across the globe as Berlin based DJ, producer, journalist and label boss Daniel Haaksman. With the release of his 2004 compilation “Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats” he introduced the sound of Rio ́s favelas for the first time to a global audience, parallely creating the genre term „Baile Funk“ (in Brasil, the music is called „Funk Carioca“).
From 2005 Daniel gave the sound of Rio De Janeiro its own platform and the Berlin treatment and started Man Recordings, today considered one of the leading international labels in tropical bass music. Man Recordings has released countless records by artists such as such Schlachthofbronx, Crookers, Bert On Beats or Daniel Haaksman himself amongst others, as well as the creme of Brazilian artists such as Deize Tigrona, João Brasil, Lovefoxxx, Marina Gasolina or Edu K.
Daniel´s own musical output includes various EP releases, the „Rambazamba“ album, plus dozens of smashing, official remixes for artists such as Ray Baretto, Gotan Project, Bonde Do Rolê, Schlachthofbronx, Waldemar Bastos or Lord Nelson amongst others. As a DJ, he has travelled the world and played countless clubs, festivals and events, from Hollywood wedding parties to gunman patrolled bailes in Rio´s favelas. His party friendly mix of baile funk, house, trap, bubbling, kuduro and everything in between has excited audiences everywhere. Daniel knows no musical rules, except for one: A DJ has to rock the party. In February 2016, Daniel released his second album “African Fabrics” to international acclaim.
Ibaaku, the latest in a string of names he has given himself, is an artist on the move, ethereal, propelled by an eclectic and insatiable appetite for sound.
His creative path started early on in Thiès, where playing keys and clarinet gradually carried him into various genres through which he meandered, hip hop, soul, jazz, folk. Always momentarily, always on their fringes.
His music owes to Dakar’s buzzing and sprawling urbanism, home to his recording studio, as much as it does to Casamance’s green stretches and to Sardinia’s rugged landscapes, where he likes to retreat, getting lost to better find himself.
Since the end of the 1990s, he has produced records for artists and released two albums with his successive groups, making him a pivotal figure in the hip hop scene. He wanders inside as an eccentric insider, a b-boy freed from the codes, attitudes and requisite forms.
Because he is a stranger to contemporary out-and-out advertisement culture, he remains a confidential artist, busier crafting than promoting. His artistic integrity, his freedom of movement remain unaltered, and are manifested in the multifaceted work he continues to build with his group I-Science, his personal compositions or his collaboration with fashion designer Selly Raby Kane on this opus, Alien Cartoon, initially conceived as the soundtrack to her recent fashion show in Dakar.
Curious about the world and the artistic innovations it reveals, mobilized to blast the walls and boundaries pitted within music by the business, Ibaaku is one of these millennials who form the avant-garde of contemporary creativity on the African continent. (Mamadou Diallo, Jan 2016)
Schlachthofbronx is a duo consisting of Benedikt and Jakob from Munich/Germany who produce and play innovative multi genre club music.
Besides being known as on point performers on club and festival stages including the now legendary warehouse party in Kampala in 2015, the guys also built their reputation with production and studio work with and for artists like Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Major Lazer, Buraka Som Sistema, Bonde Do Role and others. Their tracks get support on BBC radio as well as praise and spins from a wide range of fellow DJs and artists (like Modeselektor, Brodinski, Crookers, Toddla T, Rob Da Bank, Diplo, Laidback Luke, DJ Hell, Mr. Oizo, Annie Mac, you name it). In the club they deliver a fast paced, eclectic mix of styles and genres, reflecting their eclectic influences reaching from Dancehall/Reggae and HipHop over Booty Bass to Techno, Cumbia and UK Bass – amongst others.
AERO MANYELO (ZA)
AERO MANYELO (South Africa)
Aero Manyelo has established himself as one of the most promising electronic music artists of his country, which is really saying something considering he comes from one of the most thriving music scenes in the world – South Africa.
With a highly-recognizable style that hinges on bending electro sounds and African rhythms into hypnotizing yet club-ready tracks, Aero Manyelo burst into the scene with releases on Akwaaba, Herbal 3 and Out Here that instantly confirmed him as one of the most intriguing new names of the constantly-evolving global club music scene.
LUKA PRODUCTIONS (ML)
Luka Productions (Mali)
Balani/ hiphop sensation Luka Productions is a key producer in the Bamako hip-hop/ Balani scene, Luka Productions auto-tunes French, Bambara and Dogon vocals on an assembly of traditional and digital sonorities. His tracks sample from online sound banks as much as djembé, kora or yabara, whose pirate versions flourish on autoradios and mobile phones. This tangle of identitarian and globalised references redefines the meaning of the term ‘local’.
BLINKY BILL (KE)
BLINKY BILL (Kenya)
Blinky Bill is a Kenyan musician, producer and DJ affiliated to Kenyan music and art collective Just A Band. He has performed in many shows around the world such as SummerStage in Central Park, Paleo Festival In Switzerland and was most recently a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo in 2014 and is also a TED Fellow. His DJ sets are eclectic, ranging from electronic music to tribal African beats to hip hop and always fun times for the audience.
Dubmorphology is a London based research, production and performance group who make sound and visual installations. Together Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison create imaginative and innovative projects that explore social and political issues. Their practice is based on close collaboration with other artists, institutions, audiences and participants. They create work which emerges from their direct response to the specific site and environment incorporating historical as well as contemporary material and content.
At Nyege Nyege their live performance called ‘Judgement’ will mix electronic music, field recordings and evangelical voices. A regenerative live remix exploring new sonic spaces beyond and between the zealous rapture of sound identities in a globalised world of sin and iniquity.
MAX LE DARON (BE)
MAX LE DARON (Belgium)
Young producer and DJ from Brussels (Belgium), Max le Daron distills a mix of urban music from all over the world, with a huge influence from the UK Bass music culture.
In the scene since 2008, he collected prestigious residencies in Brussels and Paris (Mirano Continental, K-Nal, Nouveau Casino, Lowup parties,…) and shared the decks all over Europe and North America with some of the biggest names of today’s electronic and global bass scene ( (Diplo, Buraka Som Sistema, Steve Aoki, Toddla T, Daniel Haaksman, Djedjotronic, Noisia, Schlachthofbronx,…)
He already released more than 50 tunes (remixes and original tracks) on labels such as Man Recordings, Booty Call Records, Pelican Fly, Moveltraxx, Freshmore, Akwaaba Music … supported by some of the godfathers of the scene like Diplo, Toy Selectah, Daniel Haaksman, Toddla T, Dave Nada,… and important medias such as Mad Decent blog, Mixmag, BBC One, The FADER, Generation Bass, ….
Since 2012 he runs his own imprint alongside DJ Mellow, Jay Jackson and Excyta: Lowup Records.
In the summer of 2013 he went to Accra (Ghana) to record a sound bank for the ghanaian Azonto Producers called “The Roots Of Azonto”, in collab with Benjamin Lebrave (BBrave) from Akwaaba Music, he also gave them production masterclasses and the results of this journey are about to be published. He’s now working on a new EP for Lowup Records, a mixture of afro-dancehall vibes inspired by his recent trip, and also got a single azonto release planned for a famous portuguese global bass imprint.
BBRAVE, aka Benjamin Lebrave, is the founder and owner of Akwaaba Music. Established in 2008, the label is an outlet for BBRAVE’s endless passion for African music. Lebrave has been working with over 70 recording artists from 15 African nations, and has been growing a global network spanning content production, digital distribution, marketing and licensing. Today Akwaaba Music is recognized by its peers as a much needed, forward-thinking window onto Africa. As a DJ, BBRAVE focuses on the dancefloor side of things, mashing together the staggering variety of dance music genres made in Africa, from kuduro to coupé décalé, kwaito and kwassa house to hiplife, gbema or soukous. BBRAVE also keeps an open ear for other strains of tropical beats, constantly bridging the gap between Africa, the Americas, and Europe, combining his own array of beats into an infectiously potent musical stew.
DJ BBRAVE has been DJing for well over a decade, always looking for a different edge to keep the crowd shaking, and to keep his mind interested. Discovering African club sounds around 2006 was love at first sight. Since then, the syncopated fruity loop beats have been spreading overwhelmingly positive vibrations from Africa, and have conquered the hearts, minds and feet of crowds from Accra to Berlin, Luanda to Mexico City. Following in the footsteps of vinyl-era crate-digging DJs, BBRAVE spins tracks that have yet to hit the blogs. Collecting CD-Rs and demos from across Africa, he makes sure to leave everyone drooling for his fresh sounds, and sweating to his contagious beats. Song after song, BBRAVE rides the thin line between authentic and accessible, always pushing the sonic boundaries at the clubs and events he plays at.
PHIL BATTIEKH (CH)
PHIL BATTIEKH (Switzerland)
Phil Battiekh” = arab.: “in the watermelon” = Egy. slang:. “stoned,” “fucked up”
Notorious as his continent’s hottest Mahraganat DJ, Phil Battiekh has been one of the main forces pushing Egyptian Mahraganat, Bass and Techno artists in Europe in the past 3 years. When Battiekh gets down and dirty in the DJ booth with the newest tunes and special edits straight from the artists in Cairo, no dancefloor is left unstomped during his sets best described as a sonic Tramadol meltdown. Next to working on the first ever Mahraganat album in German, Phil Battiekh is currently touring as the stage DJ of Egyptian Bass artist Rozzma
JOEY LE SOLDAT (BF)
JOEY LE SOLDAT (BURKINA FASO)
« They told me Soldat, you want to become a star ? – Then you have to rap in French or English – I should forget where I’m from ?». Determined words by this former French literature student at the University of Ouagadougou, son of a Burkina Faso Independence fighter, and grandson of a Burkinabé tirailleur, proud of his language and culture.
In his lyrics, he talks straight about Africa’s pillaged ressources, forced mariages, Ouagadougou’s street kids, but he also praises the bountiful return of the rainy season. Themes he shares with featured artists Anny Kassy, Conakry’s unique lyricist, Togolese Elom 20ce, and French MC and beatmaker Fils du Béton.
Joey Le Soldat is hip hop at his very core. For over a decade, he has been fine tuning his craft, first as a member of various rap groups in his teen years, then gravitating among Ouagadouhou’s underground sound systems and freestyle sessions. In 2009 he wins the Waga Hip Hop Festival clash contest award. Impressive live, he has shared the stage with Gaël Faye, Casey or legendary New York group Das EFX, during his last French tour with Art Melody and their band Waga 3000. Burkin Bâ propels Joey Le Soldat among the African artists shaping the sound of tomorrow.
Waka-Starz Live Action Band (Uganda)
The new children’s super group comprised of the Wakaliga youth on the big stage for the first time.
OTIM ALPHA (UG)
Otim Alpha (Uganda)
Otim Alpha is a legend of Gulu. One of the pioneers of the Acholitronix movement, a fast digital interpretation of Acholi folk music. ‘Acholi folk pop’, is rural village folk music, but re-interpreted by means of computers, digital instruments and music software. The fast, looped rhythms, cyclical melodies and choral singing are mostly in 6/8 time (fast waltz) but the strong accents give it, a straight-up punk, polka or techno feel.
TOM BLIP (UK)
Tom Blip (UK)
Tom Blip’s debut record ‘Wrong Guanco’ spent a large part of last year providing everyone from Bonobo to Joy Orbison with their peak time drum breakdown at sets across the globe. This year has seen the young DJ full of surprises as he’s finished a dreamy remix for Werkha on the Tru Thoughts label, kept die hard fans on their toes with dubplate exclusives and sent record shops in a frenzy as they’ve tried to keep stock of his wonderfully exciting and curious label, Blip Discs.
DJ ZHAO (CN/DE)
DJ ZHAO (China/Germany)
DJ Zhao brings contemporary and classic dance music together from all five continents, with focus on Africa. While his DJ sets reach from culture centers to remote areas of the globe, and now back through the ages, DJ Zhao’s remix and mashup work directly connects “East” and “West”, acoustic and electronic, traditional and hyper-modern.
DJ SALUT (JP)
DJ SALUT (Japan)
Hailing straight from the Tokyo underground with over 20 years experience, DJ Salut built a reputation in his home city for his epically long vinyl sets, fusing disco grooves from Mid 70’s Gwen McCrae to fine pieces by UK underground legends such as Lindsay Todd, Felix Dickinson & Nick The Record. Also well up in the latest deep minimal from Russia & Eastern Europe, like Anton Zap, Mario Basanov & Vakula
BLESSED SAN (UG)
BLESSED SAN (Uganda)
One of the most versatile MCs in the region, The Mighty Blessed San has worked with various top producers in the world, Ancient Astronauts, Riddlore, Mungo’s HiFi amongst others, he combines his solo career with his band Jahliya and his an undisputable champion on the freestyle sessions of Kampala. Atomic energy to the fullest!!
O’Flynn has already started strong as he followed up last years untouchable ’Tyrion’ with the clattery and grimey ‘Oberyn’, debuted by James Blake on his BBC R1 residency earlier in this year. With little inhibitions to his sound, O’Flynn brings an upfront-ness to his tracks like no other. His diversity may surprise you however as his records barely sound similar on either side, rightfully earning him plenty of attention as one to keep an eye on for this year.
Internationally performing jazz drummer, percussion maestro and boutique synth obsessive… not many come like Spooky-J. His sound is set to blow heads this year as he prepares the most experimental and darkest package yet for Blip Discs due out this year!
LEE BASS (GH)
LEE BASS (GHANA)
Today the name Lee Bass represents a genre crossing club sound reaching from Breaks over Fidget, Electro, Dubstep to House. Lee is part of the project I:LYKE which already released a number of remixes and singles on V.I.M. Their first Album is due to be released late 2010. He’s also a producer for the german rapper JayJay and is part of his live-gigs.
As a solo producer Lee did several remixes for people like Audiotrucs, JayJay, Jay Brooks, Mike Golden, Analog Geeks, Leuce Rhythms and FLX. Some have been released, others will be out soon. His first EP „Bass is“ will be out later in 2010.
Lee is resident Dj at the „Ballroom Blitz“ events in Essen where he plays alongside acts like Malente, Maral Salmassi, Zero Cash and many more.
This aint enough? Lee is also doing his own event called „London Bass Music“. These parties represent all the bass driven club sound he likes.
Together with JayJay they run the Label and Event „Achtung Schäääpat“. First EP called „Sommerzeit“ was released in August 2010, the Remixes EP will be released in November and JayJay’s highly acclaimed Album is due to be released in December..Loads of mad things happening !!!
Lee’s main focus in the future (beside producing and djing) will be his new label OH WOW! Music. This imprint shall stand for quality music in all different kinds of genres.Watch the links below for more infos on Lee Bass.
ROCKY-B (IL/ DE)
ROCKY-B aka The Tropikal Camel (ISRAEL/ Germany)
The shaman from Jerusalem, a musical explorer traveling between genres and universes, creating an original musical language. A journey into the Jerusalem underground unique sound, a fusion of electronic sounds, Bass, Hip-Hop and absurdist beats and the raw rythms of tribal Middle-Eastern and North- African music.
ROCKY B IS A MUSICIAN FROM JERUSALEM AND NOW A RESIDENT OF BERLIN, GERMANY. HIS MUSIC IS A VERY POWERFUL MIX OF TRIBAL MIDDLE-EASTERN MUSIC WITH UP TO DATE ELECTRONIC, BASS AND EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDS.
In the last 15 years Roi “Rocky B” Assayag is a significant key character in the Holy City’s independent music scene’s history, he has kept the original spirit of Jerusalem alive and kicking.
Rocky moved to Berlin in 2013, where he currently lives and works. His new project Tropikal Camel is the musical depiction of a soul-searching seminal journey through his questions of identity.
Having released 12 albums in diverse styles
of music: Bass,Alternative Hip-Hop,Techno, Avant Garde electronics and more. In each album and project he re-defines his vision, and keeps developing an original artistic language.
In 2015 Rocky B has released four albums with four different labels – Folcore, Generation Bass, Shouka and Das Andere Selbst and performed in Berlin’s most famous venues.
In 2014 he performed live twice in Germany’s most known festival “The Fusion”.
Sharing bills with great artists like Mouse On Mars (Germany),Africaine 808 (Germany),Sole (USA), Coppe (Japan) ,Bajo Luka (Italy) and many more.
Rocky’s wild shows are an ecstatic ritual, as a gifted MC and acrobatic Ableton Live performer. As a producer Rocky B is known for sharp, deep sound work and and fresh mix attitude.
Rocky B is a member of the Arabstzy Collective, dedicated to artistic syncretism, characteristic of the North African cultural heritage. It focuses on establishing links between ancient possession rituals and modern electronic sounds.
Zontor aka Gikaria Muthami is from Nairobi, Kenya and has been working in the industry since 2009. His passion is making world music with a Kenyan flavour. In the past he played bass in The Claymore Project – one of the significant singles to come out of that was ‘We own the night’
VIK SOHONIE (IN)
VIK SOHONIE (INDIA)
A tropical music heavy-weight. VIK SOHONIE, founder of Ostinato Records, and former staff at Analog Africa is a key member of the global movement to revitalize the golden era sounds of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean. Expect the finest in raw and psychedelic rhythms from across Africa. Cape Verdean Funana, Angolan Semba, Congolese Soukouss, Senegalese Mbalax, Kenyan Benga, Malian Funk, and more!
Vik was born in India and grew up in the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. A passionate music explorer from a very young age, he began collecting records at age 12. After immersing himself in the global revival of rare and obscure rhythms of the Black Atlantic, thanks in part to the phenomenal work of Miles Cleret’s Soundway Records, he left his job at a news agency to join award-winning German record label Analog Africa, where he worked as a lead researcher, writer, and editor for the liner notes of multiple compilations, including “Angola Soundtrack,” awarded the Germans Critics Prize, and “Diablos del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot,” and helped compile “Afrobeat Airways Vol 2: Return Flight to Ghana,” a collection of unreleased funk gems from the West African country.
Vik recently established his own record label, Ostinato Records. After extensive digging in Haiti and Brooklyn, Ostinato’s debut compilation, “Tanbou Toujou Lou: Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, and Electric Folklore from Haiti 1960 – 1976”, a collection of rarities and classics from the country’s golden music era, is due later this year.
Currently based in New York, Vik spins his collection of rare vinyl regularly across the city. He has performed with Rich Medina, Nickodemus, Monk One, and the Names You Can Trust soundsystem in New York, and has also DJ’d in Boston, Montreal, Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Bangkok. His dance floor selections focus particularly on the 1970’s rhythms of Lusophone Africa — Angola, Guinea Bissau, and Cape Verde — because, he believes, these sounds are particularly beautiful since most of the recordings took place during wars of independence, adding a special layer of infectious emotional complexity.
Is a 19 year old producer born and raised in Nairobi. He is partly Tanzanian , Seychellois , Somali and Ethiopian.
The name Ukweli signifies his artistic truth in all his endeavors.
Ukweli creates a collage of genreless electronic music that has an element of african percussive. sounds. As a visual artist his work has been described as surrealism. Currently Ukweli is working on the LP’s of various artists such as Joseph Kiwango, Karun, MClaire as well as his own debut EP. In addition to that, he has produced a Track for JABS (MSFTSREP) featuring Willow Smith.
Nu Fvnk pursued music in the hope to become a rapper but being young in the industry with a limited network, he began to make beats for himself. As time went by he found himself more into the beat game without even realizing it, still thinking he wanted to be a rapper (lol).
He ventured into electronic music after a friend of his made a progressive house tune and called it a song. At the time a song to him, had to have vocals otherwise it was just a beat. After knowing that you could express yourself just through sound and that it qualified to be called a song, He then fully ventured into production. Though he has not stopped his pursuit in the rap game. Nu Fvnk’s collaboration with Ukweli was featured on the Nest, a Skrillex’s sister label under OWLSA
Jinku is the alter ego of Graphic Designer/Artist Jacob Solomon, hailing from Nairobi Kenya.
Jinku is a space monkey, who made planet earth his second home, over the years he has become a sponge of different influences ranging from rock, classical music to electronic music, through this he creates hybrids of music that carry all these influences. He has been part of Santuri since the 2014 Santuri Safari Sondeka Production Workshops and is part of the EA Wave, which is a combination of traditional elements within the East African culture combined with new genres. He has recently finished his EP entitled AMADEYO, it has international distribution via Sofa Lounge Records. The EP was debuted via FADER Magazine.
TETU SHANI (KE)
Tetu Shani (Kenya)
Tetu Shani is an alternative folk artist, guitarist and percussionist from Nairobi, Kenya. In 2014 he received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music to study Performance but turned it down to build up the alternative local music scene in his hometown. Since then his first single, “Round and Round,” won bronze at the July 2015 Global Music Awards and he has developed a reputation as a master storyteller and performing artist; drawing audiences in with his humor and authenticity.
NILOTIKA CULTURE ENSEMBLE (UG)
NILOTIKA CULTURE ENSEMBLE (Uganda)
The original Nilotika Fashion Music Troupe, mixes traditional Ugandan folklore and traditional music with rhythms from West Africa and the Caribbean, mixing massive percussion sessions with more soul soothing folktales.
LADY SLYKE (UG)
LADY SLYKE (Uganda)
The East African called her “The Queen of Hiphop”, Lady Slyke has been in the game since the age of 12, making a name for herself by battling out the illest male MCs on the scene, she is also the anchor of award winning hip-hop show Newzbeat. She performs along her husband producer DJ Nesta, and has worked with LA underground producer Riddlore. Pure Explosiveness!
RASH (KE/ AR)
Rash (Kenya/ Argentina)
This five member Kenyan Rock Band has made waves in the relatively short period its been in existence. You have probably heard their single, Darkness and witchcraft. This Kenyan rock bands roots go deep, citing old school rock influences such as Pink Floyd and ACDC.
KAYA COLLECTIVE (KE/ UK)
Kaya Collective (Kenya/ UK)
Kaya Collective is a unique band that is working to develop a full scale alernative orchestra. The purpose of the project is to explore and develop a new sound that best represents the region. The ep Nairbeat was released last month.
R.P.V. THE DONS (UG/RU)
R.P.V. THE DONS (Uganda/Russia)
Original African Roots Reggae band from Uganda, the Dons have been exploring the original reggae aesthetics fused with elements of lingala and other Ugandan rhythms. Maybe the most soul shaking roots reggae act on the continent.
YELLOW LIGHT MACHINE (KE)
Yellow Light Machine (Kenya)
Yellow Light Machine is a family of multi-talented creatives and composers bound by our love of awesome music. This common ground of love merged with the need to individually CREATE and BE the music results in artistic surprises. We manifest our differences and unity in our perspectives of music and life.” – YLM
WEST NILE FUSION BAND (UG)
WEST NILE FUSION BAND (Uganda)
Traditional band from North West Uganda who bring fire to their performance. With dancers, traditional West Nile instruments fused with a horn section and some electronic elements, they keep the crowd on its feet during the entire performance. Their music neatly amalgamates the original West-Nile pulse with an assortment of “Adungus” traditional Ugandan harps skillfully punctuated by a 2 piece brass section.
DJ HENRY (UG)
DJ HENRY (Uganda)
Dj Henry has been rocking dance floors in Gulu with his infectious mixes of fast ‘digital acholi folk music. ‘Acholi folk pop’, is rural village folk music, but re-interpreted by means of computers, digital instruments and music software. The fast, looped rhythms, cyclical melodies and choral singing are mostly in 6/8 time (fast waltz) but the strong accents give it, a straight-up punk, polka or techno feel.
DAVID TINNING (UK)
David Tinning (UK)
David Tinning is a DJ, writer and Director of the Santuri East Africa project. His travels have led him from the UK to Cambodia, Berlin, Tanzania and Kenya, where he founded and ran Santuri Safari – a project connecting African musicians and producers with global DJs and artists working in electronic music. The project works with festivals to provide training, support and collaborative opportunities for young artists and musicians from East Africa, and has released a series of highly regarded EPs in Europe. As a DJ, David mixes global sounds old and new, from scratchy rumba 7s to the latest in underground house music. Now back in Europe managing CDR Berlin (a platform for new producers), he recently launched a new radio project called Bush of Ghosts on Cashmere Radio, blending ‘outer-national’ sounds from across the musical board.
ROSS ALEXANDER (UK)
Ross Alexander (UK)
Born in England and residing in Berlin for the last 10 years, Ross’ love of music lies in his belief in its transcendent power. The cathartic beat, the meditative ambient tone, the healing power of vibration and the magnetic pull of frequencies that bring energy together and make people gravitate towards one another.
Ross will be travelling from Berlin to play two sets at Nyege Nyege, in one set he will present the cosmic, motorik groove of German krautrock and the musical styles it has influenced, taking in everything from the angular, robotic funk influence of Kraftwerk through to the organic rhythms of the likes of Can and the eternal pulse of Neu! This is the sound of endless motion. His second set will be a journey into the meditative soul of ambient sound, taking in deep and cerebral music from all around the world and from all styles and genres this is a chance to zone out, drift away and let the music carry you to another place.
ALBERT SSEMPEKE (UG)
Albert Ssempeke & Buganda Music Ensemble (Uganda)
Albert Bisaso Ssempeke is a Ugandan performing artist and is the son of the former legendary royal court musician of the former Kabaka (king) Muteesa the second of Buganda. His father, the late Dr Albert Ssempeke, was a world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, musician and teacher of traditional music. He was also one of the few contemporary musicians who had knowledge of the former music traditions of the Kingdom of Buganda.
Albert Bisaso Ssempeke began creating his own instruments from local materials at an early age of 9 years and soon thereafter began studying with and learning from his father. Bisaso has since become an expert on Ugandan and Buganda culture, dance and music. Albert Bisaso continues to carry forward the traditions of Kiganda music that have been passed down through his talented family for generations.
Albert plays a variety of traditional Ugandan instruments, including Amadinda (long-xylophone), Endigidi (one string bowed lute), Endongo (bow lyre), kadongo (lamelaphone),Endere(flute), and various types of drums and percussion.
Albert currently resides in Kampala, Uganda. He plays with a variety of bands and musicians around the city on a regular basis. Albert also travels internationally giving lectures, workshops and performances to different audiences wherever opportunity arises. Albert teaches a variety of courses and programs in and around Kampala for both adults and youth.
SWORDMAN KITALA (UG)
SWORDMAN KITALA (Uganda)
One of Boutique Sound System’s most versatile MCs, Swordsman is the young Mick Jagger of dancehall, mixing the ragamuffin with cringing beat chewing vocals, straight from the KLA underground. This will be a breakthrough performance for Swordsman.
UNDERCOVER BROTHERS (UG)
Undercover Brothers (Uganda)
Undercover Brothers are a Ugandan music duo composed of guitarist and vocalist Jay K. Mulungi and vocalist Timothy Kirya. Their music is a cocktail of genres including neo-soul, RnB, reggae, soft rock and Indie pop.
RAS BROWN & RAS CLAN (UG)
RAS BROWN & RAS CLAN SOUND SYSTEM (Uganda)
The hardest and most accomplished reggae sound system in Kampala, Ras Brown and his crew have lightened up UG dance floors for the last ten years with heavy dancehall/reggae/dub sounds.
DJ NESTA (UG)
DJ NESTA (Uganda)
Dj and Producer Nesta has been a crucial actor in the underground reggae/hiphop scene in Uganda, producing well over 30 different artists over his 20 years of music production. He’s also considered one of the original UG reggae sound systems when he started with his cousin Ras Brown back in the early days.
YALLAH MC (UG)
YALLAH MC (Uganda)
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.
FONKODELIS ARKESTRA (UG)
FONKODELIS ARKESTRA (Uganda)
FONKODELIS ARKESTRA Presents: The Three Headed Drum
For the first time in over a decade, legendary Ugandan and world acclaimed percussionist Fonkodelis will perform on the world’s only three headed drum, which will be donated to the King of the Baganda Kingdom after the Festival. His Fonkoness will share traditional folk tales and futuristic sonic clairvoyance in a transcending experience.
DARK MEME (UG)
DARK MEME (Uganda)
The one they call Dark Meme (a.k.a Ken Mvvalye) has been haunting the most notorious dancefloors across the region… he will turn darker than space when the mood requires it…, but come sunrise he will run his afrofunkytech till you forget the time of day….. Dark Meme is part of the santuri safari crew and also involved with pioneer electro sound system Hatari Voltage, he now runs the monthly Kampala Sundowners with the UGCS, and has worked on several projects with the likes of Auntie Flo and Esa…
DJ RACHAEL (UG)
DJ RACHAEL (Uganda)
The most popular,famous, globe-trotting,iconic pioneer female DJ in Uganda. The girl power defining DJ, is still rising and rocking crowds now more than ever before, 14 years on and more reknown!!
Heavy hitter Skaface has turned heads from London to Kampala, Nairobi and Dar, now Nairobi based, he is also an organizer of the Rift Valley Festival, Famous for his earchoppin bass pumpin early hour sets, he brings the free sound system vibration to any happening…
SHOESHINE BWOY & TUNEDEN BAND (KE)
SHOESHINE BWOY & THE TUNEDEN BAND 254 (Kenya)
Shoeshine Boy was born in a small lakeside town in the Western province of Kenya. After moving to Nairobi and finishing high school he started as a Reggae/Dancehall vocal artist, musically influenced by Jamaican DJs like Capleton and Sizzla. Having sharpened his skills by live performances in Nairobi’s dancehall scene, he began recording and released his first album Look Beyond. Shoeshine Boy has performed together with artists like Chavelle Franklyn and Lt. Stitchie, and has toured in Europe two times within the last few years.At the Nyege Nyege festival he will be backed by TuneDem Band 254, which has been working with him since 2010, fusing Jamaican Raggamuffin and Kenyan music from various parts of the country, giving it an unique style that has not been heard before.
Born and raised in eastern Germany, he experienced the fall of the wall and therewith, gained freedom as a teenager. 1992 he found himself – by fluke – in the legendary Berlin Club PLANET, which opened his love to electronic music. With his passion for vinyl he started rocking the turntables in the mid 90s. Until today he is closely connected to the Berlin Music and Club Scene. TECHNO is the simple description of his sound
Clubs/Festivals : Raw (Berlin) , Kit Kat Klub (Berlin) , Golden Gate (Berlin) Wir sind Park (Berlin)Fusion Festival (Berlin) MFE (Berlin), Tacheles (Berlin) Subground (Berlin) My Aeon (Melbourne) Hells Club (Melbourne) Rainbow Serpent Festival (Australia) Burning Seed Festival (Australia) Total Eclipse Festival (Australia).
DJ RELIC (UK)
DJ RELIC (UK)
DJ Relic is part of the mighty Rebel Bass Sounds, a crew formed to keep alive Ital Foundation Roots Soundsystem vibes in East Africa, The Cradle of Mankind.
Relic is a UK Selecta who has been digging in the crates for Roots, Rocksteady and Dub on vinyl for over 20 years. Expect Big Bad and Bass Heavy in a strictly vinyl stylee…
DJ MOROTO & BOUTIQUE (GR/UG)
DJ MOROTO HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND BOUTIQUE SOUND SYSTEM (Greece/Uganda)
Moroto Heavy Industries is originally from Tilapia Culture but is now co-founder and resident at Boutique Electronique. Moroto mixes cutting-edge electronic sounds from all over the world, with a focus on African bass-tech-house mutations, including Kuduros, Kwaito and Balani. He often plays with Nilotica Drum Ensemble live percussion artists, producing a unique and explosive sound for the dance floor.
Labdi is a Kenyan musician who sings in her native Luo language and play the tradition Orutu fiddle.
DJ LASTA (KE)
Dj Lasta (Kenya)
Lasta emigrates through his mixes from retro soul and African flavors, through roots reggae and dancehall to disco, house and bass music; navigating the underground world of live and digital music, challenging and engaging.
Resident Dj in Nairobi for Kaya and Bad Mambo, and in Montengro for the seminal Dom Kultura of Ada Bojana, Lasta is a DJ that truly represents the underground progressive movement.
Moja has a heart for electronic bass music. Influences come from the transformational festival scene across Australia and Europe where EDM and nature go hand in hand. Originally from London, England, his roots lie with reggae and drum and bass but more recently Moja has been experimenting with mixing glitch hop, ghetto funk and electro swing.
Wurzelholz, known under his real name Alexander Riedel, was born and raised in Germany and evolved his love to music while studying piano, guitar and bass in his early years. Melody and groove are two important fundamental parts for the music he likes to listen to but also for his own productions. He later started producing hip-hop, funky-house and disco music and became part of DJ teams playing Clubs, Festivals and Parades throughout Germany. Under his alias “Wurzelholz” he released an EP via Intimate Venues Records, Michigan, USA. He is a passionate DJ with love for funky, disco and beat-driven music bringing joy to people’s faces and making them shaking their legs.
DJ HEARTICAL (KE)
DJ Heartical (Kenya)
“You sung from the heart” those are words that came from a friend that watched him perform in a karoke show and hence the name “Heartical” came up when he started deejaying. Heartical has made a name for himself both in Kenya and in the region, as one of most highly respected Orthodox, Roots and Reggae DJ working on the scene. Having worked with both international & local artists, he leaves a mark everywhere he goes to perform.
THE GOLDEN STAR BAND (UG)
The Golden Star Band (Uganda)
Hailing from Gulu, Northern Uganda, the Golden Stars have for the last decade been the defining sound of the city. Seamlessly mixing Soukous rhythms with the fast paced Larakaraka Acholi melodies, the Signature band is sure to give you blisters on your feet.
DJ HOUDINI (SO)
DJ Houdini (Somalia)
DJ Houdini originally hailing from Mogadishu, Somalia embraced deejaying for the past few years in her new home; Kampala Uganda. Always on the look out for rare grooves verging on the experimental side of things her sets are always full of surprises.
Wakaliwood & Ramone Film Productions (Uganda)
After taking Nyege Nyege 2015 by storm with the filming of Nyege Nyege Island, the Wakaliwood crew return for the filming of the sequel. Once again Nyege Nyege Festival will be one massive live-set for the sequel; The return to Nyege Nyege Island’.
Leroy Buliro AKA LERB is a Drum & Bass/Jungle Dj born in Nairobi, Kenya. After winning hearts with his bass driven performance at a recent DJ Competition, its been all wheel down for this fresh act. He recently played in Nairobis anticipated UP Live 5 party and wishes to spread his good vibes further afield. Be sure to catch him at a festival near you.
YOUNG CARDAMOM & HAB (UG)
Young Cardamom & Hab (Uganda)
Young Cardamom & HAB are both Ugandans with roots that reach far beyond their borders. Though they represent the sound of their city, Kampala, the duo’s tracks also blend several influences from South Sudan, India, Atlanta, and Lahore with an outsider Hip-Hop Duo shedding light on Uganda’s social issues with sarcasm and witt.
Credited for bringing some of the hottest beats to Kampala’s music scene, DJ Crisio has quickly become a major player around the region. Born Chris van Dongen in the Netherlands, he first journeyed to Uganda in 2010. Almost immediately he found himself being seduced by the vibrant clubs and dynamic music that blasted throughout the continent.
Starting as a house DJ in one of Kampala’s staple dance halls, he effortlessly blended electronic dance music with a distinctly Af- rican avor. Crisio has performed at almost every major event in Kampala and has been opening act for Ne-Yo, Sauti Sol, Patoranking & Di- amond Platnumz in 2015. Effortlessly sharing the stage with some of Africa’s biggest ce- lebrities including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Ma kizolo, Demarco, Navio and Keko, his magnetic presence has become as ubiqui- tous as his talent.
Degenerate (South Africa)
Originally a native of Kimberley South Africa, Degenerate has been rocking dance floors in Uganda for the last decade.
BINTI AFRICA (KE)
Binti Africa (Kenya)
Binti Africa is a Swahili Term meaning daugher of Africa. Binti’s music is a fusion of Swahili and English RnB, Hiphop, reggae, dancehall, chakacha and afrobeat. Binti Africa is an intriguing and engaging singer matched with her powerfully resonating voice. This unique African songstress is born to captivate you at her live performances.
JEAN JEAN (BE)
Jean Jean (Beljium)
Bubbly presenter and mood shaper of malicious crowds Jean Jean is constantly reinventing his game mode with everything that passes through his head in total improvisation. A spontaneous slogan, an improvised choreography, everything is good to carry with him in an absurd universe of boundless surprises. He will be your host, your guide, your master in any ceremony for the Duration of Nyege Nyege 2016.
Mexican composer and music producer, born in Mexico City. He’s been working in the film industry for the last 15 years, in the music and sound department.
At the same time, he created his own record label (Indol Records) with Julian Garritz in 2004. His has been part of many acts like Mo, Afterodon and Cat Scratch Dubchestra.
He’s main style is the dub, playing instruments like flutes, guitars and synthesizers, some times more reggae roots, some times more psychedelic electronic, but always feeling the one drop!
LE BON (DRC)
Le Bon (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Congolese rapper and MC, Lebon has been in Uganda for the last five years pursuing his musical and artistic dreams. As part of the Boutiq Crew he will feature on the upcoming Underground Hip-hop from Kampala release. Over time, he has collaborated with South African Producers Spoek Mathambo and Aero Manyelo, while also collaborating with long time companion Blessed San. You’ll hear only good things from Lebon in 2016.
BLACK BANDANA (UG)
Black Bandana (Uganda)
Uganda’s squeaky grimy MC that is known to twist heads with his lyrical magic. His last track medicine man produced by Norwegian producer Fred is now bumped on all UG radios.
Jah City is one of the most talented female reggae musicians in East Africa, her soul transpires from every song she puts out, from the more dubby to the roots she is known to take audiences to new horizons.
WINNIE LADO (SS)
WINNIE Lado (South Sudan)
Dubbed the High Priestess of Juba, Winnie is one of the most powerful voices to come out of the young country in recent years, echoing the suffering and hope of her people, her unique vocals have a timeless element that transports audiences to faraway lands…
BODY OF BRIAN (UG)
Body of Brian (Uganda)
The Body Of Brian has been taking Kampala by storm for a while now. If this name is new to you then you are in for a wonderful adventure. Brian began his journey as most acoustic musician’s do at open mics and small gigs singing covers. However once he gave us a taste of his own original work there was no going back! The Body Of Brian is a space where poetry, the blues, folk and gentle rock all find their home. A combination of heartache and reality all come tumbling chaotically together and turn into music.
Prisca Ojwang’ is a soulful Kenyan performing artist and songwriter. Having been in the music scene for the past 3 years, she has developed her own unique style of using witty hilarious monologues to real the audience into her soulful musical genius.
I am Nessim. Tunisian and Polish, as far as I know.
I grew up in both those countries, and moved to France since a few years, to study music. Music i do, how to describe it ? It simply just looks like me, and may recall the journey of a nomad soul.
It’s a downtempo trip-hop mixed with afro, eastern, brazilian and gypsy pigments, often cooked together in the same song. Co-founder of Shouka records and member of the Arabstazy collective.
French Dj Luis, will be mixing from his 12” Vinyl collection of Disco, house and garage.
After his first hit African Dance, Echon Base imposed himself as the new dance hall phenomenon that has taken the lugaflow dancehall to the dancefloors.
KOJO LION & OLEG SALEG (GH/RU)
Kojo Lion & Oleg Saleg (Ghana/Russia)
Identified as the next King of Ghana and African reage-dancehall star. Born in Ghana, West-Africa in the Ahantaman distric, KOJO LION, discovered his passion for music at an early age. Following his dad’s footsteps, he started drumming and singing to his friends outside in his vicinity. He settled later in Europe where he started experimenting with music on his own. Mostly influenced by his many travels across the globe he has travel the world with different kinds of cultures, powerful dancers like SASA ADWA.
Following this big dream Kojo Lion, has produced 3 Albums to his credits which reflects his musical struggle and Lifestyle. He has also been on many shows and graced stages in Sweden, Jamaica and in Ghana.