Annual Nyege Nyege Festival Returns this November

After months of speculation, the renowned arts and music festival, Nyege Nyege is making its return this November.

The festival which will run from 9th to the 12th of November and also dubbed as the ‘Nyege Wonderland’ will be held at a combined venue of about 50 acres covering the Source of the Nile, Jinja Showgrounds, Jinja Golf Course, and Source Gardens.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Aly Allibhai- the Chief Executive Officer of Talent Africa Group promised antendees and participants the ‘best festival’ plus a much better experience compared to the previous editions.

“We are super excited to be part of this again and we have been thinking and working for the past 3 months to bring you the best festival,” Aly said.

Derek Debru – Co-founder Nyege Nyege echoed the same sentiment adding that, “Nyege Nyege is bring something interesting and this time we are working with the whole city [Jinja]. it’s going to be a family experience.”

With over 300 hotels, Jinja city has enough accommodation for all budgets for all guests just minutes away from the venue.

With over 500 shows internationally, the festival and its associated labels and collective have defined the vanguard of new sounds emerging from the Continent and the festival is widely considered to be the greatest showcase of traditional and contemporary African music in the world, attracting music fans and industry movers and shakers to come and discover new music genres, breakthrough artists and blossoming talents at every edition.

On why the event has been pushed to November from the Usual September- October dates, Debru shared that September is always crowded with events which makes it hard to book artists which is not the same case with November.

At the presser, event organisers also revealed that this year’s edition will feature East Africa’s most exciting new acts, as well as artists from music power houses such as Nigeria, South Africa and Brazil. Styles and genres will cover the diversity of African sounds, from South African amapiano to Nigerian cruise beat, from afrobeats to gengetone, dancehall, singeli, soukous and more.

In 2022, the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among directed the cancellation of the festival over immorality concerns. Howeve, days later the event was given a go ahead but with tough and strict measures that were meant to make sure it does “ensure the festival doesn’t breach Uganda’s laws and cultural/moral norms.”

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