Nyege Nyege Studios, Kampala, Uganda

In cooperation with CTM Festival and Nyege Nyege, Musicboard Berlin will award a Berlin-based pop musician with a hybrid music 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 and digital collaboration.

The residency is planned in a hybrid format. The stay in Kampala is up to two months between July and September 2021, preceded by a digital exchange beforehand. The exact time frame 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. The residency cooperation with Musicboard Berlin has been in place since 2019, in 2020 the tender was paused.

Nyege Nyege is a four-day festival that takes place the first weekend of September in Jinja, Uganda, at the source of the Nile. Since 2015, Nyege Nyege 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 and Gulu, Uganda as well as Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 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 and Hakuna Kulala. In 2020, due to the pandemic, Nyege Nyege presented a hybrid version of the festival featuring artist collectives from across the continent and throughout the diaspora, which morphed into a permanent content platform hosted by the Nyege Nyege website.

Residency Details
The 2021 edition of the residency follows a hybrid format: The residency will start with a digital collaboration that will transition into an on-site residency in Kampala. If travel is not possible due to the dynamic Covid-19 situation, the residency will continue as a digital collaboration.

The on-site part of 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 2021, live or digitally, to conclude the residency. There is also the possibility of the presentation of these collaborative productions at the 2022 edition of CTM Festival in Berlin.

This residency is particularly suited for musicians who take joy in cooperative work, improvisation, and experimentation – both digitally and on-site.

Please note:
Due to the current highly dynamic Covid-19 situation, we reserve the right to award residencies conditionally and make adjustments to the terms of residencies in consultation with the applicants if necessary. Current information on the situation at the place of residence can be found in the travel and security information of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Musicboard’s Contributions
Musicboard covers 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 1, 2021. All application-related information and the link to the online form can be found here.

Musicboard Alumni Kampala
DJ Scotch Egg – 2019

We’re happy to answer questions via email or telephone. Since we are mostly working in the home office at the moment, we kindly ask you to pose short, simple questions via email and send Maureen Noe a callback number if you would like to request a phone consultation:

E-Mail: maureen.noe@musicboard.berlin.de
Tel.: +49 (0)30 288 787 88