Bayimba International Festival of the Arts 2015 Surpasses Limits

Article and Photos by Brian Tebukozza – Brinte Media

2015 Bayimba Festival annual music and arts event held last Friday, 18th September marked 8 years of the project. The event that is held at the Uganda National Cultural Center (UNCC) former National Theatre had a variety of arts and culture showcased from clothing, food and live music from various parts of Africa.

The Festival started at noon with a movie in the auditorium and DJ Dark Meme at the upper stage. At 7pm Maddoxx Sematimba stepped on the main stage and performed most of his hit songs accompanied with the band. Levixone, St. Nellysade and Msafiri from Tanzania performed last at 10pm leaving DJ. Rachael to take over at 11pm.

On Saturday, the turn up doubled at the festival and a movie was shown in the auditorium at 12pm followed by Mambya Dance Company.
Jungle De Man eater opened up the performances at 6pm on the main stage followed by Joel Sebunjo, Aly Keita from Mali and Kareyce Fotso from Cameroon at 7pm. A performance from Bado from Kenya and an epic performance from Sheebah Karungi with the UB5 band moved the crowd.

There was a huge turn up on the final day,  that is Sunday, 20th September as people enjoyed the music drinks and eats from the various stalls. DJ Ras Brown (Ras Clan) was at the upper stage at 12pm, Tushi, LP Shady and Cyno Mc performed up to 6pm.

Ssetaba/Ssempeke collabo was in the auditorium and Umar Mwanje Performed at 9pm. Main stage performances started at 6pm with Daniel Okiror and at 8pm prestgious HiPipo Music Awards nominee Naava Grey started her performance of the night. She sung most of her songs with the crowd accompanying her to each and every line she dropped.
Mutcho (Burundi), Saba Zibula, Paras Dlamini also performed whereas Prestgious HiPipo Music Awards Best Duo Group for 2015; Radio and Weasel gave the festival a final blow with their energetic performance at 11pm.

National Theatre for the three days proved to be a unique artistic city due the music performances, exhibitions and arts showcasing that went on for the throughout the weekend.