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World music gets botanical platform

Festivals have in the past been reserved for Kampala.

In the past couple of years, though, organizers have taken art events to alternative spaces, and last Friday, this year’s edition of Milege World Music Festival debuted at the Botanical gardens.

The festival that also had camping facilities had an ambitious yet mouthwatering lineup. For instance, on Friday Ruyonga performed some of his classics before delving into mashups with the Undercover Brothers.

But it was the Santuri DJs, now a household name at festivals, that carried the first day; they played for the campers who were willing to dance even when it rained hard.

More rains would be witnessed on Saturday, making the space soggy and muddy; in fact, some of the performance were as a result of the muddy grounds postponed to Sunday.

Maurice Kirya was not available as earlier announced, but the party somehow had to go on. The clear Sunday was the climax of the three-day festival characterized with food, fashion, poetry and art.

Babette Haag was amazing on the electronic xylophone, as was Okeita Akogo and Ingyenzi dancers from Rwanda, but the Kenyans could have won the better share especially with Ojijo the poet and Afrika Jambo Beats.

Ojijo has the wit, gets the audience glued to him and before they know it, they are reciting the poems with him. Roger Mugisha, one of the hosts, says the festival is a great opportunity to see different kinds of music as opposed to the one popularized by radio.

“This is authentic African music and I am hoping advertisers can join in to get their brand to shine,” he said.

The festival closed at midnight with a stellar performance by Janzi band, which was also unveiling their two new lead singers, Jacinta and Joel Kisakye from Coke Rated Next.

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