Nyege Nyege Studios, Kampala, Uganda

For the first time this year, Musicboard Berlin, CTM Festival, and Nyege Nyege will team up to award a Berlin-based pop musician with a residency abroad in Kampala, Uganda.


Intended for a solo artist living and working in Berlin. Pop musicians of all genres are encouraged to apply, though the residency is best suited for musicians working in electronic, club, and experimental styles. Applicants should show a high degree of independence and initiative, and should be open to interdisciplinary exchange.

Up to two months between July and September 2019. The exact timeframe can be coordinated between the cooperating partners and the selected artist.

Photo: Nyege Nyege Festival

About the Project Partners
Berlin’s CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art and East Africa’s Nyege Nyege platform are both partners in the international network ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound. The cooperation between the two partners began in 2018, when CTM presented a number of musicians from the Nyege Nyege family at its festival in Berlin.
Nyege Nyege is a four-day festival that takes place in the first week of September in Jinja, Uganda, at the source of the Nile. Since 2015, it has been presenting new players in the African underground music scene as well as international musicians. With seven stages and about 8,000 visitors per day, it is the largest music festival in East Africa. In addition to the festival, Nyege Nyege organises a one-year artist residency programme in Kampala, Gulu, and Dar Es Salam, Uganda, with community studios, workshops, and educational opportunities. These residencies offer a secure and creative environment for East African musicians. Some of the music produced in the residencies is released on the organisation’s two labels, Nyege Nyege Tapes & Hakuna Kulala.

Special Information
The residency takes place in a green suburb of Kampala, called Kawuku. Thanks to the initiative of the Boutiq Foundation, Nyege Nyege operates a large residency house just five minutes from Victoria Lake that can accommodate up to ten musicians at a time. It has a large kitchen suited for group cooking as well as two of its own recording studios. The idea of the residency house is to promote unique exchange and collaboration between musicians from East Africa and musicians from Berlin. In this sense, the residency is committed to the cooperation between Berlin residents and local musicians. The results of this collaboration will be presented at the Nyege Nyege Festival to conclude the residency. There is also the possibility of the presentation of these collaborative productions at the 2020 edition of the CTM Festival in Berlin. This residency is particularly suited for musicians who take joy in cooperative work, improvisation, and experimentation.

Musicboard’s Contributions
Musicboard covers all of the costs associated with the stay. This includes round-trip travel costs as well as food, accommodation, working/rehearsal space, and project-related costs when applicable.

The application deadline for the Scholarships & Residencies programme is March 15, 2019. AAll application-related information and the link to the online form can be found here.

Please contact Maureen Noe with questions about the Scholarships & Residencies program:
E-Mail: maureen.noe@musicboard.berlin.de
Tel.: 030 / 288 787 88