Nyege Nyege International Music Festival (#NNIMF17) returned to the source of the Nile river in Jinja, Uganda on the 1st – 3rd September 2017 for its third edition. More than 5,000 revelers descended upon Nile Discovery Beach, Njeru, Jinja for the 4 day event which featured more than 100 acts across 4 stages. The festival which launched in 2015 immediately established its reputation as one of the best new music festivals worldwide. It has since been hailed as one of the best new music festivals globally by news and music outlets such as EverFest, Wanderlust Magazine, Resident Advisor and others.
Featuring a live stage (the Bell stage), a dub/reggae sound system (The “Umojah Arena”) , an Electronic and Dance Music Stage (“Eterna Disco” stage”) and a “Chill stage”, the audience was spoilt for choice of genres and acts to enjoy over the four-day event. Supported by the British Council’s East Africa Arts Program, Scottish immersive fun machine Samedia Shebeen collaborated with the Nyege Nyege design team to create the incredible “Eternal Disco” stage dedicated to electronic music.
Cameroonian performer Reniss set the Bell stage on fire performing her viral hit “La Sauce” on Saturday night, following the Friday night performance of her country mate and rapper Jovi. Ghanaian act Jowaa (French DJ BBrave and Ghanaian producer Gafacci) also performed for the first time in Uganda, introducing East African fans to their unique sound of “electronic kpanlogo”- Afrobeats for the rave age. Pioneering Portuguese producer DJ NK performed two sets, a slower tarraxinha set at the Umojah Arena and a more frenetic set at the Eternal Disco. Italian performance artists Ninos Du Brasil took over the Bell stage with their energetic percussion and Dutch DJ Marcelle proved why she is such a legend on 3 vinyl decks with two incredible performances. Tanzania’s Sisso Records gave Uganda its first taste of the 170bpm Singeli music that has taken over the scene among Dar es Salaam’s youth.