Ann Nassanga, who goes by the name ‘Afrie’, is a 21-year-old Ugandan Afro-Fusion artist. As a vocalist, pianist and songwriter, Afrie has written a collection of songs that span across different genres but mainly Afro soul and contemporary folk music. “My vision is One Africa and I write under themes of love, freedom and fire.”
Muserebende Hytham Ssali
with Ba Afrique Sounds
Ba Afrique Sounds is a Ugandan world music band formed by Meserebende Hytham Ssali in 2008. As an envoy of Roots music, Ssali recovered folk songs to buoyat fusion feel of world music. His finally revamped vocal blended together with blistering melodies, vibrant grooving experimentation of Achogo, Adungu, Endingidi, Varriation African Drums backed up with western keyboards, percussion and Bass kick.
Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi
Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi is Ugandan Folk music, world music and afro-house music Artist. As a multi-instrumentalist (African indigenous instruments), Kiyingi’s unique sound is defined by rich instrumental textures and rhythmic influences from Uganda, Africa and beyond. He is innovative especially in how he fuses all these influences to create a sound that defines him as an Artist. He plays indigenous instruments like Tube fiddle (Endingidi), Thumb Piano (Akogo), African harp (Adungu), Traditional flute (Endere) etc.
Haka Mukiga is a musician, instrumentalist, vocalist, dancer, poet and choreographer in Uganda, Africa. He is greatly passionate about African Culture from which he derives inspiration to write song and poems.
The group is conducted by Katy Chadwick – originally from the UK but slowly moving her way around the world, Katy has formed and conducted choirs in London, Malawi and Kampala. The group is made up of Ugandan and international members,and sings a capella harmonies from many different countries and traditions – African harmonies, Ugandan songs, freedom songs, songs from the Balkan mountains, folk, gospel – the group promises to uplift and inspire, with opportunities for audience participation.
Sabar Zibula, a six man fusion band with members of 3 nationalities; Uganda, USA and Senegal is headed by the Senegalese Mame N’diack.
He explains why Sabar chose the drum as their favorite instrument to play on stage saying that in the early African culture, the drum was the early mode of communication used to call people for gatherings and they now play the drum to carry on this African cultural element. A Sabar (event) was lively with drumming and would receive loud applause from crowds present at a performance. Sabar Zibula plays world music reaching back to traditional rhythms and melodies from West and East-Africa. The group is based in Kampala, Uganda.
Ras Clan Entertainment featuring
Ras Clan Entertainment started as a rebellion of young African youths against the stereotypes in entertainment by forming a group that would provide a fun and original form of entertainment deeply rooted in the African culture.
Their mission is to promote music and entertainment from all corners of the world and increase the reggae visibility in Uganda.
Ruyonga is a Ugandan Hip hop performing artist, writer, poet, public speaker and graphic designer. He uses his art to entertain and foster awareness in communities, schools and churches on the issues of drug and sex abuse. His music targets youth and young adults in the 15 to 29 year age bracket.
Nankoma Sandra aka Sandy Soul is a Ugandan singer, song writer, poet, actress and visual artist. She is the definition of a strong and bold African Soul and Jazz singer. She started recording at the age of 18, and collaboration with Sylvester kabombo in 2009, kick started her stage performances. She has performed on Uganda’s biggest platforms: Nyege Nyege festival 2015; sharing Stage with Kenya’s very own Makadem, a renowned cultural artist in Kenya. She also graced the stage at the International World Music Day organized by Alliance Française Uganda in 2014 and 2015.
She also performed at the house warming of Alliance Françoise Kampala with the presence of the Germany Ambassador, French Ambassador, and the Cultural minister of Uganda as the guest of honors. She performed at the Bayimba International Festival of the arts in 2013. She also featured on one of Uganda’s biggest live Jazz shows with Uganda’s sax ace Isaiah Katumwa to talk about her Jazz approach. In 2015 she performed at Zinduka festival Arusha Tanzania. She also did a soundtrack for the movie new intentions in 2015; the movie has received multiple nominations at festivals worldwide. She also contributed towards a song based on the development of society and having productive youth, this project was sponsored by YEAP Denmark in 2014,
also did a Project “Tuliwamu nawe” supporting young mothers and children living with HIV/AIDS with PHAU, a public health program in Uganda. She has upcoming performances scheduled in March 2016 at the MASA Intern International Arts festival and UBUNTUNU festival in Rwanda July. She is currently recording her first album to be released early this year.
“Every good or bad situation starts within an individual and expressed out in many ways/mediums that influence life in general. Touching someone personally, reaching their soul or hearts, happens through many ways and arts is one of the most influential way, through sharing love with an individual a home can be made, a community a Nation and the whole universe. I aim to reach a person’s heart and soul with my music and poetry because an individual is the core or source of either love or hate to the world.” (Winnie Lado)