The Pearl Rhythm Festival is a product of the Pearl Rhythm Foundation, a local Ugandan grass roots music and creative community that aims to strengthen an independent music scene in Uganda. It was initiated and premiered in December 2012 with the objective of bringing together like-minded individuals to build, discuss and expose their ideas for a growing grass root music network in Uganda.
The Pearl Rhythm Festival is back and will feature some of Uganda’s most prominent world music artists come Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Uganda National Cultural Centre from 10:00am to Midnight. Among the artists that will feature are: Happy Kyazze, Baxmba Waves, Myko Ouma, Lily Kadima, Wake, Bantu Clan, Komakech Derrick, Jaq Dewey, Faizal Ddamba Mostrixx, and Sylvester& Abramz.
Five of the above performers were mentored throughout the year by Pearl Rhythm Foundation through its Stage Coach program. Stage Coach is an annual search for young and fresh artists to join the Pearl Rhythm Festival team. Talented and authentic artists are selected to go through a two month mentorship exercise including studio production for The Pearl Rhythm Compilation CD and rehearsals. This is aimed at preparing them for their first Pearl Rhythm Festival performance in October every year. The Foundation is proud to present this year’s Stage Coach Season 3 finalists in a delicate and organic pleasant taste. They are: Komakech Derrick, Wake, Jaq Deweyi and Bantu Clan.
Partners, Activities and Sponsors
This year, Pearl Rhythm Festival has partnered with eWaAfrika to set up a special exhibition from 10am to 2pm, curated especially for the youth around the festival theme Rebranding Uganda Starts With Me, Topics for discussion include: How does hair brand us? The evolution of African hair over generations and How African hair creates an identity for us. This session will also be supported by the Natural Hair Uganda movement showcasing hairstyles and natural hair products and The Good Hair Collective (TGHC), makers of organic handmade hair care products. The exhibition will also showcase art and crafts, food, drink and round table discussions, a radio talk show with Culture Unlimited by Robinah Nansubuga (Proprietor of Culture Radio in Uganda), interviews conducted by Wizarts media, a story telling cafe by Tontoma poetry, and a dance workshop conducted by Faizal Ddamba of the Tabuflo dance company will crown it all. There after the main stage will open with live music from 5pm till Midnight.
Pearl Rhythm Festival has also partnered with Alliance Françoise, the Uganda National Cultural Centre, Guide to Uganda, Tangaza Events, Wizarts media and Natural Hair Uganda. Sponsors include: Nile Gold, Silk Events, Jazz FM and the Observer.