DJ Kampire will be at the MTN Nyege Nyege Festival between 6th September and 10th September 2018.
This year are truly been good the the Ugandan internationally celebrated DJ, DJ Kampire embarked on her first international tour including stops at international festivals Sonar with Diplo, and Strange Sounds from Beyond. We asked her to chronicle her trip for us.
Sunday 10th June, Les Mini- BPMs, Nantes, France
I met the Trickart crew, who organise free parties in the parks of Nantes every Sunday, at a festival in Burkina Faso called Africa Bass Cultures. In 2017, I played my second international gig there, and I was one of two women and the only East African act on the lineup.
Friday June 15th, Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain
This is the event the tour is centred around and the biggest one of my DJ career so far. The Sonar by Day stage is curated by Diplo, who I was lucky enough to open for when he performed in Kampala in 2017. Also on the bill are South Africa’s Distruction Boyz, Mr Eazi, Black Coffee and Diplo himself. I can’t believe that my name is being spoken in the same breath as such high-profile acts.
Saturday June 16th, Rio Loco Festival, Toulouse, France
I don’t even have enough time to process the biggest event of my life when we are on to the next one. Rio Loco is a wonderful city festival in Toulouse, run by some of the nicest people you will meet.
Tuesday June 19th, Summer Nostos Festival, Athens Greece
I’ve never been to Greece and I get to play at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, an incredible building that houses the National Theatre and Orchestra. We also meet up with the Rude Boyz who are from South Africa.
Wednesday June 20th, Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
This was one of my favorite stops on the festival. Since the event is a Nyege Tapes showcase I’m joined by labelmates Nihiloxica, Otim Alpha and Leo Palayeng, and Sounds of Sisso. It’s one big reunion, complete with sachets of banana gin!
June 23rd – 28th, The Netherlands
A week in the Netherlands includes a couple of dates with DJs Ferdi Fonk and Crisio, (who after living in Kampala for many years, is basically a Ugandan). I play at Strange Sounds from Beyond, a festival in Amsterdam, along with Niholixica and a radio set at Red Light Radio, a radio station in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
June 29th, 30th and July 1st, Heidelberg, Germany, Lyon, France, Kelburn, Scotland
I play an absolute whirlwind weekend in three countries, with plenty of traveling in between. Even though I am exhausted by the end of it, I’m thrilled that my cousin traveled from Munich to Heidelberg to see me play. I also gain a new fan when one of the few Ugandans in Heidelberg comes to the gig because he saw a Ugandan name on the poster! I love these random connections.
July 13th, 14th Bristol and Cornwall, Britain
It’s a real privilege to be traveling the UK with my music, and another East African connection takes me to Tropical Pressure festival in Cornwall. Cornwall is by the sea, and it’s very cold at night but the room I play in quickly turns into a sweatbox, with both girls and guys taking their shirts off on the dancefloor. Definitely a highlight of my DJ career so far.
July 20th, London
I end the tour playing with London’s all female DJ crew Boko Boko! Who play fantastic afro-inspired dance music. The headliner of the event is an amazing Ghanaian MC called Bryte whose music I play all the time. It’s so fulfilling to go from playing people’s music, to playing alongside them on the lineup!
Next up, home to Uganda and MTN Nyege Nyege festival 2018.