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Bayimba announces mainstage acts

For some reason, the organizers of Bayimba International Festival of the arts usually keep their performers’ list under the table.

However, unlike last year where we had to go through speculations, today we can reveal that atleast, the first batch of performers at this year’s Bayimba international Festival have been confirmed.

Akua Naru, Irene Namubiru, MoRoots, Winyo and Exodus among others will serenade festival goers on the mainstage.

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American rapper and poet Akua Naru will be one of this year’s performers

Press Release below:

BAYIMBA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS:

9th Edition

THE NINTH BAYIMBA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL IS PRESENTED BY BAYIMBA CULTURAL FOUNDATION IN PARTHESHIP WITH STICHTING DOEN, DANISH CENTER FOR CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT (CKU), BELL LAGGER, MOVIT, AND ZUKU TV.

 

Venue: The Uganda National Cultural Centre will host the 9th edition of the Bayimba International Festival starting on the 16th – 18th September 2016; The three day programming boasts of a highly anticipated pilgrimage that will entail a vast array of production representing the entire world, and most especially Uganda’s ancestral genre Kadongo Kamu taking centre stage, while Ugandan female DJ movement Femme Electronic will take us to an opening party treat, courtesy of Santuri Safari an East African experimentation of fusion of folklore and electronic sounds.

 

#BAYIMBA2016 FIRST BATCH OF (MAIN STAGE) ARTISTS ANNOUNCED:

The 9th BAYIMBA International festival diverse line up will be blessed by American wordsmith, a rapper and a poet AKUA NARU, Naru has performed with the world renowned Afro Beat pioneer and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, toured with classic Hip Hop group Lords Of The Underground, & shared the stage/collaborated with artists Patrice, Tete, Ursula Rucker, Blitz The Ambassador, German production powerhouse JR & Ph7, Detroit Emcee Elzhi, Wax Tailor, UK rapper TY, Voice Of Germany soul singer, Mic Donet, and recently featured on a new Red Hot release alongside Tuneyards and Angelique Kidjo and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the legendary Roots crew.

Bayimba will also present South Africa’s vocal songbird Tribute ‘Birdie Mboweni, among new breed of soul musicians in South Africa and internationally know putting their own modern take on the classic soul sound – and doing it justice. She is the latest edition to what already is a highly competitive music scene (including Lira, Simphiwe DanaZonkeThandiswa and others) but has fast carved out her own path.

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Gravitti Band showcased earlier during the Doadoa market

DOADOA – East African Performing arts market alumni and beneficiaries  Gravitti Band along with soulful Bengatronics king Winyo will represent Kenya, while Uganda’s ancestral tunes of Kadongo Kamu will be re-awakened by the industries mighty forces including Mathias Walukaga, Chris Evans, Ronald Mayinja, the previously auditorium programmed genre will this time close the entire three day main stage showcases.

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Qwela Band’s MoRoots

Also confirmed for the 2016 line up is, Ugandan Female Afro-Soul Saxophonist MoRoots, to be joined by celebrated gospel entertainer Exodus. Other main stage acts include; Irene Namubiru, Magic Hornz (UG), YATATCHI (SWISS), and Amadinda Sound System, collaboration between Uganda and Austria (UG/AUSTRIA),

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