Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda Shares Full 2022 Lineup

John Cameron

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Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda Shares Full 2022 Lineup

Nearly three years have passed since Nyege Nyege Festival took place in Jinja, Uganda. The music gathering makes a triumphant return from September 15-18 at a bigger site on the White Nile’s Itanda Falls with a lineup that does the momentous occasion justice.

More than 300 artists will perform across seven stages over the four-day event, at which talent from throughout the African continent features prominently. Ghanaian-Nigerian songstress Adomaa, Kenyan performer Kabeaushé, and DJ Travella from Tanzania stand out on the bill just as boldly as Nyege Nyege staple electronic acts Kampire, MC Yallah, and Otim Alpha. Among the most famous Ugandan performers on the bill are Navio and DJ Zato.

European and North American talent appears on the lineup as well. DJ Paypal, Zoë McPherson, and Juliana Huxtable are each slated to perform at the festival’s anticipated return.

After starting as a record label in 2013, Nyege Nyege Festival debuted in 2015 and helped put East African music on the map globally in the four years that followed. Speaking with OkayAfrica, Pete Jones of Ugandan-British group Nilotika Cultural Ensemble argues that the festival “created a scene in [the Ugandan capital] Kampala.” The event brand has grown to curate stages at gatherings worldwide, including Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. and Primavera Sound in Spain.

When live events halted due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Nyege Nyege was no exception. Organizers spent these fallow years wisely, though, billing around 340 acts for a digital event at the end of 2020 and doubling down on recorded music releases.

Moving to Itanda Falls for the long-awaited 2022 event grants organizers access to five times the land available to them previously. Attendees can enjoy camping and glamping amenities, including hot showers, morning yoga sessions, and a private beach. The festival is also partnering with Bamboo Uganda to offset its carbon footprint.

Find the full lineup for Nyege Nyege Festival below. Tickets and additional information are available on the event website.

Nyege Nyege Festival 2022 lineup:

Abdul Lateef (CA)

Adomaa (GH)

Alidekki Brian (UG)

DJ Alisha (UG)

Anita Mobango – New Maman (CN)

Arsenal Mikebe (UG)

Asher (TZ)

Astan Meyer (FR)

Assyoutii (EG)

Aunty Rayzor (NG)

Authentically Plastic (UG)

Anti Vairas (TZ)

Aweko Brian (UG)

B4BA (ES)

Baba Sy (ES)

Bamba Pana & Makavelli (TZ)

Batukizer (BR)

Benzema (KE)

Binghi (RW)

Black Sistarz (UG)

Boutross (KE)

Boyoka Bestaguy – Cocoman (CN)

Byg Ben Sukuya (UG)

Catu Diosis (UG)

Chief Beka and Tak Show (TZ)

Cindy Sanyu (UG)

Crazymind (UG)

Chrisman (CD)

Clara! (BE)

De Schuurman (NL)

Debmaster (FR)

Decay (UG)

Demonic Glare (UK)

DJ Diaki (ML)

Domadana Kadodi Drummers (UG)

Dongo (TZ)

Dope I Mean (KE)

Ebrahim Soul"O (UG)

Ecko bazz (UG)

Eddy Ekete – Homme Canette (CN)

Eko Roosevelt (CM)

Ex Ray - Boondocks Gang (KE)

Exoce (FR)

Extraterrestrial God (NL)

Falonne Mambu – Femme Électrique (CN)

Flo (UG)

FRA ! (GH)

FUMU (UK)

DJ Hanuman (KE)

Hibotep (SO)

HHY & The Kampala Unit (UG/SS/PT)

Ikram Bouloum

Illexxandra (USA)

DJ IV (KE)

Jako Maron (RE)

Janzi Band (UG)

Jay Mitta (TZ)

Jessika Ekomane (CM)

Jokkoo Collective (ES)

Juliana Huxtable (US)

K8 (JP)

Kabeaushé (KE)

DJ Kampire (UG)

Kaneda (KE)

Keito (JP)

Kidene & DJ Dusko (TZ)

Kid Gringo (DE)

Kilomboshi Pape Noire – Homme Caoutchouc (CN)

Kinact collectif (CD)

Kingdom Choir (CD)

Kujo (LB)

KZLK (EG)

Lady Hash (ET)

Leon Duncan (KE)

Lithium Beats (PT)

Low Jack (FR)

Mr Lu (KE)

DJ Magnum (KE)

Makossiri (KE)

Mapua Mazochetti (BE)

Maraboutage (FR)

DJ Marcelle (NL)

Masaka Masaka (UG)

Maveen (UG)

DJ Mawinch (KE)

Mbodj (ES)

MCZO & Duke (TZ)

Menzi (ZA)

Mestre Desconhecido (PT)

MGM (KE)

Mika Oki (BE)

Mimi (AO)

Miss Iness (Tunisia)

Mitokon (JP)

Miziguruka (RW)

DJ MP3 (ZA)

DJ Moro (JP)

Mookie (ES)

Mr Fabz (KE)

Munchi (ND)

Mwanza Duda – Fuluman (CN)

Nah Eeto (KE/UK)

Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe (UG)

Nana Zay (TZ)

Naselow with Party Pipo Dance Crew (UG)

Navio (UG)

Net Gala (KR)

Nico Adomako (GH)

Ninos Du Brasil (IT)

Nsasi (UG)

Odai Masri (PS)

Opoku (ES)

Otim Alpha (UG)

Oyisse (CG)

DJ Paypal (US)

Pallaso (UG)

Pathy Kitete – Homme Miroir (CN)

Phatstoki (ZA)

Phelimuncasi (ZA)

PÖ (GH/ FR)

Quest?onmarq (USA)

Ratigan Era (UG)

RUDE BOYZ (ZA)

R3igndrops (UG)

Rey Sapienz & The Congo Techno Ensemble (CG)

Rose Bonica (ZA)

Rosie Parade (ZA)

Sarah Ndele (CG)

Selector Jay (UG)

Shivay la Multiple (CD)

DJ Siq (KE)

Sisso & Maiko (TZ)

DJ Skothane (ZA)

Sockethead (UK)

Soungou (CM)

Spiritus Bongonda – Bokoko (CN)

SWAK Catalog (ZA)

Sylvia Saru (KE)

Tash LC (UK)

Titi Bakorta & Ensemble (CD)

TNTC (ES)

Tokyo Gqom (JP)

Tom Boogizm (UK)

DJ Travella (TZ)

Triggah (UG)

DJ Tunix (CM)

Turkana (SS)

Violaine Le Fur (FR/ CM)

MC Yallah (KE)

Yao Bobby & Simon Grab (TG/CH)

Yunis (EG)

Zakente (AO/PT)

Zay (TZ)

Zato (UG)

DJ Znobia (AO)

Zöe Mc Pherson (IE)