Nihiloxica will bring a live performance that harnesses the full force of the ancient Bugandan drumming tradition of Uganda, focusing it on the contemporary dancefloor through a dark, brooding lens of techno sensibility. The group demonstrates a continuous, evolving conversation between two cultures; a dialogue that is drawing attention from across the globe.
The group is the product of a deep history between Kampala’s Nyege Nyege Festival and the Nilotika Cultural Ensemble. Under the leadership of Jajja Kalanda, the Ensemble provides an outlet for the youth of Kampala, teaching spiritual, musical and tailoring practices to underprivileged communities around the city and performing at various cultural events.
The rhythmic force of the Nilotika Cultural Ensemble – a local Bugandan drum set and a troupe of powerful players – began to perform at a club night in Kampala’s blossoming electronic scene called Boutiq Electroniq, where the first merging of live Bugandan drums with electronic sounds was made. The foundations of the group were laid, and with the help of jazz drummer and producer Spooky-J, the emerging inter-cultural conversation was lifted to the next level: Nihiloxica was born.
Photo by: Hugo Inglez