Nyege Nyege is a collective in Kampala, Uganda that promotes outsider music, primarily electronic by African artists.
Nyege Nyege was founded by Arlen Dilsizian and Derek Debru in 2013. And apart from organizing parties, the Nyege Nyege collective runs two record labels and a multi-day annual festival.
The founders were expatriates who arrived in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 on different agenda´s, began throwing a party called Boutiq Electronique at late-night club Tilapia. The party was not like the others where ordinarily, the music of the genres was played. The focus was on African genres like kuduro and coupé-décalé.
Judging from the growing numbers of participants., the organizers, Arlen Dilsizian and Derek Debru, established a recording studio in 2015 to primarily begun an artist residency to foster producers throughout Africa.
Since then artists who got in touch with Nyege Nyege have toured throughout Europe and Asia, playing so many festivals.
The Nyege Nyege festival has been organized since 2015 with MTN being the main sponsor which has been declared the biggest electronic music festival in East Africa with over 9,000 participants.
Nyege Nyege has also won several awards including Ugandan the best overall tourism event of the year, repeating the award in 2019.