The core member of Uganda’s Nyege Nyege Tapes label, ahead of her US debut at this year’s Red Bull Music Festival in NYC.
Much like the gqom crews of South Africa, Uganda’s forward-thinking Nyege Nyege Tapes collective is promoting modern African dance music. Though based in the East, artists on the label represent a panoply of pan-Afro sounds; Egyptian electro chaabi, hipco from Liberia, balani from Mali, Angolan kuduros, Ugandan Acholi. Fusing these local sounds with Western house, bass and techno in a swirl of electrifying polyrhythms, these musicians have birthed the new generation of underground dance music. This week DJ Kampire, one of Nyege Nyege’s core members, will perform as part of Red Bull Music Festival, at an event celebrating the label’s forward-thinking signings. Hailed as one of Mixmag‘s breakout DJs of 2018, DJ Kampire melds traditional Congolese rumba and the African pop she was raised on with a myriad of electronic sounds into bass-heavy, heart-pounding sets. Today she joins Vivian in the studio to talk about breaking onto the global scene, what African dance music means to her and her philanthropic efforts to achieve and support gender equality everywhere.