Music serves as a means of healing and togetherness to many. Frequencies and wavelengths of sound convert to energy. That energy is then transferred to extract feelings and emotional responses from the conscious and subconscious. Have you ever heard a piece of music and you instantly relate that to a direct life experience? We all understand or experience music differently.
Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, originated in France in 1982 and has since become a worldwide phenomenon. Alliance Francaise Kampala, a non-profit organization promoting cultural exchange between France and Uganda, has faithfully organized this musical extravaganza for several years, creating a vibrant platform for East African and French artists to showcase their talents.
As we celebrate this year’s World Music Day, Fête de la Musique- Alliance Française de Kampala (AFK) is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated celebration on June 24, 2023, at the National Theater in Uganda.
In a Press Conference held today at Alliance Francaise de Kampala, It was observed that this annual event, which is recognized globally, brings together music enthusiasts and artists to celebrate the power and diversity of music. This year’s edition promises an electrifying lineup of renowned musicians, including Muthoni Drummer Queen and The Mith, who will headline the event.
The Mith a celebrated Ugandan Hip Hop artist noted during the Press Conference that he is more than thrilled to be back on stage and is honored that Fête de la Musique- Alliance Française de Kampala have given him a chance to get back the stage after a long while. He will also be collaborating with an emerging singer Akeine
Muthoni Drummer Queen, a renowned Kenyan rapper, drummer, and cultural entrepreneur, has garnered acclaim for her alternative electro-hip-hop music. She is the visionary behind the beloved festivals Africa Nouveau and Blankets & Wine, using her music to explore her experiences growing up in Nairobi and the unique spaces occupied by women.
One of the other highlights of this year’s celebration is the multidisciplinary show “AKATUUTI,” curated by East African Records, featuring the Drum Circle by the Nilotica Cultural Ensemble. The event will commence with Nilotica performing traditional songs from Uganda and Europe alongside students from the French School and the British School of Kampala, showcasing a beautiful fusion of Ugandan instruments and percussion.
Alifchief, a singer and guitarist hailing from Brunei, is known for his mesmerizing blend of rock, blues, Nusantara, and African influences. His electrifying performances have earned him recognition within East Africa, and his upcoming EP, “Eh Banange!” is eagerly anticipated for release this July 28th. He mentioned during the Press Conference that he is ready to collaborate with various Ugandan, DR.Congo creatives to make that show a sensation.
A lot of other artists and creatives are expected to perform on Saturday at the Uganda National Theatre and these will include; Otim Alpha and his Adungu players, accompanied by dancers from the city of Gulu, a superb live set by Izaya the composer, showcasing his eclectic blend of genres influenced by African musical instruments, rhythms, and soundscapes. Thay call unto the general public to come celebrate the World Music Day with them from cross cultures and all experiences are Free.