Photos: Sights At The Thrilling Inaugural Yella Cultural Festival

All photos By Habre Muriisa
  • The inaugural Yella Cultural Festival in Uganda thrills revellers
  • Artistes like Giovanni Kiyingi, Haka Mukiga, Suzan Kerunen, Igulu, Winnie Lado (South Sudan), Blood Brothers Reggae Band and Famous Friends Acrobats lit the fest up

Yella Cultural Festival is a project conceived by the Senegandan (Senegalese origin/Ugandan resident) percussionist and musician, Mame N’Diack Seck Thiam of Mame Sounds. The fest aims at bringing young people together to embrace cultural heritage and diversity through the arts and last Saturday (11th of March), the very first edition went down successfully at the 5th Street Industrial Area based Design Hub Kampala amid thrilling performances from the night’s headliners.

Performances were all live and they kicked off at 7:20 PM with a showcase from Giovanni Kiyingi a folk singer who thrilled the fair crowd of revellers with songs like ‘Happy’, ‘Buddu’, ‘Nkwesuunga’, ‘Tebalimba’ and ‘Ssemusajja Agenda’.

Famous friends Acrobats added on to the crowd’s excitement with their energetic and eye catching acrobatics and other entertaining things like playing with the fire, sitting of 6 inch nails and many more as the revellers ululated.

More performances came in from Winnie Lado from South Sudan, Haka Mukiga, Suzan Kerunen (Alur Queen) and finally Blood Brothers Reggae Band. According to our observation, revellers enjoyed every bit of performances from the artistes and each reveller represented for their culture. Kitenge was the dominant attire amongst the attendees.

Apart from the performances, there were other things that took people’s attention like the art pieces which were on exhibition and other African things like cloths, bags and footwear which some bought.

Here is how the whole event went down through the Chano8 lens.


Folk singer Giovanni Kiyingi doing what he does best



The attendees enjoyed every bit of the performances



Famous Friends Acrobats just thrilled the crowd with their acrobatics


One of the Famous Friends Acrobats’ members playing with fire

Haka Mukiga

Haka Mukiga performing

Winnie Lado

All the way from South Sudan, Winnie Lado doing her thing


Singer Igulu performing

Suzan Kerunen

Suzan Kerunen (Alur Queen) was simply flawless


Urban TV’s Denzel Mwinyeretsi was the host

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Jamal Waswa

Reggae singer Jamal Waswa was there too

DjRas Brown

Dj Ras Brown Mugisha entertained revellers with reggae music

Blood Brothers Reggae band

Blood Brothers Reggae band doing their thing


Joe Kahirimbanyi the lead singer Qwela Band and a friend were there too


Yella Cultural Festival organiser Mame N’Diack Seck Thiam (left) with a friend posing for our camera

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