Wed 20.06.18

Nyege Nyege Tapes - The Sound of East Africa : Talks by Otim Alpha & Leo P-Layeng

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Season finale with ‘Two days of supreme ass shaking music from East Africa’

NYEGE NYEGE TAPES
The brand new and hottest label of the moment - Nyege Nyege Tapes – doesn’t come from Berlin, London or New York for a change, but rather from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Nyege Nyege is ‘Ugandan’ (or more precisely: Luganda) for ‘the feeling of a sudden uncontrollable urge to move, shake or dance’. Exactly the effect that the music of Nyege Nyege artists like Otim Alpha, Nihiloxica, DJ Kampire or Sound Of Sisso want to generate. The translation of Nyege Nyege sounds even more explicit in Swahili, read: ‘horny horny’.

Whereas labels like Soundway, Analog Africa or Awesome Tapes From Africa mainly released reissues in recent years, Nyege Nyege has focused upon contemporary ‘outsider music’ from East Africa ever since its inception in ’16. To date, the label has put out six releases that have mainly led a popular life on Bandcamp. In addition, the label also has a recording studio (Boutique Studio) and the show pony is their annual Nyege Nyege Festival at the source of the Nile.

So now its time for a real Nyege Nyege Tapes two-dayer, that was re-named by the label as ‘Two days of supreme ass-shaking music from East Africa’. Let yourself be carried away by an allround experience, with the crème de la crème of label’s artists, DJ sets, workshops & readings. Basically: the perfect conclusion to the season!

 

8:00pm-6:30pm
FROM ACHOLI WEDDINGS TO BERLIN RAVES, THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF OTIM ALPHA
Former boxing champion Otim Alpha honours the motto ‘If you have been born you can dance’. He started out adding lustre to wedding parties, but now appears at internationally renowned festivals like Unsound (Poland). He was invited by Damon Albarn – who he has also shared a bill with – to take part in his Africa Express project. Otim Alpha – now almost 50 – takes you along on his wonderful trip through life. From Northern Ugandan Acholi wedding music to Berlin raves.

 

6:30-7:00pm
AFRICAN ELECTRONICS: AN AFRICAN PRODUCER'S PERSPECTIVE WITH LEO P-LAYENG
Leo P-Layeng is Otim Alpha’s permanent righthand/producer. They are pioneers in Acholi Electronica, a mix of traditional Acholi rhythms and contemporary electronica that can be heard on the Nyege Nyege Tapes album by Otim Alpha. Leo P-Layeng takes you along on his trip through innovative genres like Singeli, Acholi Electronics, Kuduro, Balani, Kwaito, Electro Chaabi and all that mixed together. Or: how traditional African music can send contemporary electronica to new heights.

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