Uganda's MTN Nyege Nyege Festival announces 2018 lineup

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  • The four-day festival, which takes place by the source of the Nile, features more than 300 acts from 30 countries.
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  • This year's edition of MTN Nyege Nyege Festival will run from September 6th through 9th in Uganda. The four-day event will see 300 artists from more than 30 countries performing at Nile Discovery Beach in Jinja, by the source of the Nile. This year, organisers say they've dedicated a "special focus" to music from South Africa and Tanzania. South African artists include rapper Sho Madjozi, gqom acts Rude Boyz, Dominowe and Phatstoki, and sgubhu producer Sleeping Buddah. Tanzanian artists include members of Dar Es Salaam's thriving singeli scene, plus the Jagwa Music troupe and multi-instrumentalist Msafiri Zawose. Other highlights include Tuareg wedding band Etran de l'Air, which is leaving Niger for the first time to perform at the festival, and Kenyan lingala outfit L'Orchestre Les Mangelepa, in addition to a batch of young electronic artists from Nairobi, including AD Family, DJ Raph, DJ Coco Em and Monski. Core Nyege Nyege acts Nihiloxica, Otim Alpha & Leo P'layeng and Kampire are all booked, too. Acts flying in from the US and Europe include JASSS, Giant Swan, DJ Marcelle, Juliana Huxtable, Errorsmith and Jlin. The festival will have two new stages: the Dark Star stage, which will focus on electronic music, and the Spirit Of Uganda stage, which organisers say will "feature the best of traditional troupes in an idyllic acoustic setting." For more on Nyege Nyege, read our 2017 article on the Kampala-based operation.
    A batch of Nyege Nyege affiliates have also announced their touring plans for 2018.