After their tenth anniversary last year, rumors for Kampala’s premiere festival Bayimba to turn the page were around.
It was said the festival wasn’t going to be the same for the eleventh do – the location was changing and much of the format was likely to change with it.
Of course much of this has not been confirmed, in fact all we know is that the festival will be happening at the shores of East Africa’s largest water body Lake Victoria, at a place currently known only as Lunkulu.
The festival unlike before will be happening for four days and will be a camping one though not taking anything away from Milege World Music and Nyege Nyege Music Festivals, both of which two have a camping element.
But of course, even before we have all details about Lunkulu, the line up for this year’s main stage or one of the stages is already taking shape.
Following their social media pages, both twitter, Facebook and the website, the festival has been throwing art works of different artistes that have been confirmed for showcases come the first week of August.
What is known so far, the four days will be those that will be heavy on sound as two of the South African exports Holly Rey and DJ Nkoh are heavy on house music.
Holly Rey, brings a cross continental blend of Afro tribal fused on a jazzy feel – her song Deeper is one that gets the head bumping but gives you a chance to listen and appreciate her vocals and lyrics.
DJ Nkoh on the other hand comes on heavier like many South African DJs, his sound is a complete party that buys a little bit from electronic, kwaito and of course house.
But besides the two, this year Bayimba continues to have its South African friendship strengthened – just before the two, the festival has in the past had a good number of Jozi artistes like Dr. Bone, Tribute Mboweni and just last year, Berita, in the same spirit, DJ Nkoh and Holly Rey will be joined by acapella band The Soil.
Originally made up of more than twenty members, The Soil was indeed known as Particles of Soil when it formed while members were in school.
However, as time passed and many left to other engagements, the group has since come down to four members – with songs like linkomo, Banizi and Bambezela among others, the group is almost giving the acapella scene on the continent a new face.
The group consists of members; Buhlebendalo “Soil Sister” Mda, Ntsika “Fana-tastic” Ngxanga, Luphindo “Master P” Ngxanga and Theo “Songstress” Matshoba. Theo joined the group in February 2016 as an occasional replacement for Buhlebendalo Mda.
During interviews, they usually refer to God as the first member of the group.
The South African acts will be joined by Shamsi Music from Kenya, the group was amazing with their fusion of Kenyan traditional sounds with jazz and soul at Doadoa that it is not surprising the organizers have re-booked them for the festival.
They will be joined by Ugandans Maurice Kirya, Jose Chameleone, Chance Nalubega, Fred Ssebata as well as Lilly Kadima among others.
The organizers are yet to release the full program of the festival that will take place in August 2-5.
But you can buy your early bird ticket from the Bayimba International festival website