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Bayimba Festival Announces First Batch Of 2016 Mainstage Acts

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Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 10th 2016

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.

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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.

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.

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).

Unveiling Bell Lager as a partner of the festival.

Bayimba also announces that Bell Lager has taken on the festival as a sponsor.

“As an authentic Ugandan brand, we are happy to be partnering with an event such as  this  one  that  celebrates  and  recognizes  authentic  Ugandan  talent.  It  is  our pleasure to enable this great musical experience that will allow people to live and enjoy every moment,” said Mark Mugisha, Head of Beer, Uganda Breweries Limited.

Bell Lager shares a rich heritage with the people of Uganda having been first brewe here in 1950 on the shores of L. Victoria.

“This beer is made to be part of joyous and celebratory occasions and there is no better occasion than what is now a renowned festival that has become an important benchmark for the consumption of Uganda’s finest arts. Bell Lager recognizes the efforts that have been made in the industry and this sponsorship is the first of a lot more  meaningful  engagements  for  the  brand  on  the  Ugandan  music  scene,” Mugisha added.

Bayimba International festival tickets are exclusively on sale at all PayWay kiosk outlets/locations around Kampala City. Go to any PayWay kiosk location, simply touch on the main Menu and select Bayimba (round artwork icon) tickets under other payments and follow prompts to pay.

Contact PayWay through their WhatsApp line: +256 792 240 818 or toll free 0800 20 30 20 for more information.

Festival Partners: The 9th edition of the festival is delivered in partnership with Bell Lager, Stichting DOEN, CKU, Institute Francoise, Alliance Française, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/UGCS, Movit, Zuku TV, Uganda National Cultural Centre, Santuri Safari, PAYWAY and with support from our media partners NBS TV, Radio One, Akaboozi, Galaxy FM, Guide2Uganda, BigEye.UG, The Pearl Guide, and Hipipo.

For more information check out our festival websiteFacebook page, playlist on SoundCloud, pictorials on Flickr and follow us on Twitter through #BAYIMBA2016 (LIVE during the festival) and/or contact Philip Masembe, Director Media  and Marketing at philip@bayimba.org or +256 792 010 198.

History: The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts forms an important benchmark for the consumption of Uganda’s finest arts. Every third week of September, Kampala comes alive as a vibrant and eventful city when an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts from renowned and upcoming artists are brought to Kampala. The Festival has developed into a major multi-arts platform with varied and qualitative programming, presenting exciting, innovative and creative ideas. It is eagerly awaited by local artists and local people alike while artists from abroad and visitors from far afield pour into Kampala to take advantage of the exciting artistic experience. The Festival has truly become a highlight on Uganda’s social and cultural calendar and is also gradually developing into an important (East) African destination Festival, ensuring regional and international visitation and enhancing both national and international cultural tourism.