By Reagan Ssempijja
As party enthusiasts gear up for the Nyege Nyege festival, especially since it is making its debut since the advent of COVID-19, two years ago, one of the most sought-for updates has been the line-up.
At a presser held at The Villa, former Cayenne Bar, on August 18, the festival’s main sponsors, Uganda Waragi, together with other sponsors like New Vision, unveiled some of Uganda’s crème-de-la-crème in the music industry selected to perform at the festival.
Among the artistes present were singer Pallaso, rapper Navio and Janzi Band’s Sewa Sewa. These represented a flurry of many other local artistes like Cindy Sanyu.
Talent Africa’s CEO, Ally Allibhai, added that this year’s festival will have more than 300 artistes from across the world, and as such, revellers should expect immense cultural diversity.
He added that there will be seven stages, including the main stage and the Bell stage.
While speaking to journalists, Pallaso expressed his excitement at performing at the Nyege Nyege stage, saying: “I’m so ready for the festival, and want to thank Talent Africa for reaching out to me for both business and pleasure. I cannot wait to perform.”
Representing Uganda Waragi, Uganda Breweries’ marketing and innovation manager Emmy Hashakimana said the festival’s main aim of bringing people together in a fan way is exactly what they believe in, hence their tagline, The Spirit That Binds Us.
“For a festival like this that celebrates everything Uganda, we believe that this festival will shine a brighter light on Uganda’s tourism, fashion, food and culture. With the thousands of revellers expected from across the world, we expect to benefit a lot as a country,” said Hashakimana.
In terms of security at the festival, which was a major concern among many, Allibhai reiterated, saying: “We are working with Uganda Police and other security agencies to ensure safety. There is also a perimeter fence that is going to be set up so that people do not cross to the river side.”