There’s a hot name doing the rounds inside Uganda’s dance circuit at the moment. Even better, it’s a name of a woman. DJ Kampire is a disk jockey, arts organiser and writer with a special interest in gender relations and feminism. She’s a key member of the capital’s Nyege Nyege collective and has been showcasing her talents all over East Africa’s booming electronic music scene recently.
DJ Kampire’s style is powerful, bass-heavy music: the kind of stuff unconcerned with how tired your legs are – you will dance. She is particularly interested in how classical East African music – like Congolese rumba or soukous – intersect with Western electronic music. The result is a lavish, hedonistic display of contemporary East African music.
DJ Kampire is a proud champion of East Africa’s thriving new wave.