Uganda hosts big civil awareness music festival

Uganda hosts big civil awareness music festival
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A music festival that seeks to get artists to get together and talk about how they use their art to advocate for social justice starts tomorrow in Kampala.

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) will be among the headliners of a civil awareness art programme.

According to a release on Monday, German Culture organization Goethe-Zentrum Kampala has begun welcoming socially conscious artists from across Africa who are visiting Uganda this week for “Your Music Your Voice.”

The week of events will include a public symposium (Tuesday 9am – 4pm at Uganda Museum) and concert (Wednesday 7pm at Design Hub on 5th St.). The artists will also record a collabo together and engage in peer-learning workshops behind the scenes.

During the opening public symposium at Uganda Museum hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the morning panel will discuss “What does it mean to be a civically engaged musician?” including: Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi AKA H.E. Bobi Wine (Uganda), Tongai Makawa aka Outspoken (Zimbabwe), Jason Mushumbusi Mutalemwa aka Nash MC (Tanzania), Eric Ngangare AKA Eric Onekey (Ruanda), Monza (Mauretanien) and Xuman (Senegal).

Eric Ngangare AKA Eric Onekey from neigbhouring Rwanda has travelled to Kampala, joining fellow civically engaged musicians and share examples from different countries, and the role of social media.

Tuesday’s afternoon panel discussion will focus on what it means to be a civically engaged artist in Uganda, and will include: Abramz Tekya (Hip Hop artist and Founder of Breakdance Project Uganda) and Peter Kagayi (poet), as well as Ugandan filmmakers, photojournalists and bloggers.

On Wednesday evening at 7pm, there will be a public concert – tickets only Shs5000 – featuring the German Hip Hop artists Megaloh and Ghanaian Stallion and Bobi Wine as headliners, as well as Outspoken (Zimbabwe), Nash Emcee (Tanzania), Eric Onekey (Rwanda), Monza (Mauritania), Xuman (Senegal) and local acts such as Sylvester & Abramz, Lady Slyke, Yallah MC and St. Nellysade.

You can follow along with the week’s events by checking #YourMusicYouVoice on social media.

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