As we get ready to hit the road this week to Jinja Uganda for Nyege Nyege Festival 2017, we rekindle some of the fond memories from last year!

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Monday 4th September,

Dear Diary,

It is Tuesday evening in Nairobi having traveled the previous day on Monday night from Jinja and arrived this morning. Reminiscing…

We sun bathed at the banks of the Nile when it got hot, slept on the hammock and chattered like birds, but when the music came on, our legs would supernaturally find the strength to carry us on and we danced like tomorrow will never come.

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We shared why we sing, why we create, why we love this music and even why we write these stories. Why we wanted to share about this festival with those who could not make it.

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Not even the bloody time all through this weekend mattered. It ceased to mean anything. We wanted to enjoy every second but not be governed.

And as one writer, Bazuli Bemhlaba wrote, “Time stretched and snapped back together. Moments bled into each other, slumber was optional, music was continuous, food was sustenance, dancing was inevitable, humans were vibrating higher. Which is why it feels like the next NyegeNyege is light years away and the one that just passed is close enough to take two steps back into. Nyegestalgia. (lol)

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My words, I hope, fill in the blank spaces that the pictures leave out. Hopeful that it makes the festival a reality, world, planet, on its own that once you enter, you can only leave if you promise to return. The best part about that is that you will be more than happy to return.

Till next time.

Love and blessings.”

Need I say more? #RespectTheUrge

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Photography by Amy Jasmine Ireland | Full Bio |

and additional edits by Charles Kariuki | Full Bio |