Creating Safe Spaces For Minorities Through Music And Art: Q&A With Ugandan DJ Kampire Bahana

The YouFab Global Creative Awards has announced its annual call for entries for this year’s competition, which is headlined by a prestigious panel of judges, including Kampire Bahana, East Africa’s DJ extraordinaire and a core member of the Nyege Nyege collective.

With eclectic sets inspired by her East African heritage and beats that pull the audience onto the dancefloor, Bahana is a pioneering artist in the East African music industry who is breaking barriers and encouraging those with experimental and independent music to have a space to perform their art. Through the creation of the Nyege Nyege International Music Festival, Bahana has not only created a safe space for African women, minorities and queer people, but has also found a career path in music. As a DJ, Bahana was chosen as one of Mixmag’s Top Ten Breakthrough DJs of 2018. Last year, her DJ mixes were chosen as one of the best mixes of 2019 on Pitchfork and Fact’s end of year lists.

Kampire talked to FabCafe about her journey to becoming a DJ, her local music culture and whether the live music industry will survive this global pandemic.


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