ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Dance music festival gets Uganda’s OK despite worries that it ‘promotes gays’

09/15/2022 | Erasing 76 Crimes

One of East Africa’s most popular music festivals has been cleared to go ahead after members of parliament tried to ban it for “promoting gays” in the country. The Nyege Nyege festival will now take place [Sept. 15-18] but under “strict guidelines,” according to Ugandan Prime Minister Robina Nabbanja, quoted in local media reports. “The event (Nyege Nyege) will go on but under strict guidelines. It attracts thousands of foreign tourists; we can’t miss out on this opportunity at a time when the country is recovering from the effects of Covid-19,” Nabbanja said at a meeting of stakeholders, including the organizers. The four-day festival will be the first after a three-year hiatus because of the pandemic. Though ‘nyege nyege’ can be loosely translated to urge in Luganda, the country’s official language, it also means horny in Swahili, which is commonly spoken in the region.


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