East African arts practitioners and culture vultures descend on the sleepy Eastern Uganda town of Jinja this May 7-10 for the third edition of DOADOA; the East African Performing Arts Market. Jinja is the source of the famed River Nile and this year’s edition is themed around “Building bridges – to link East African Arts across borders”. Delegates comprising mostly performing artistes and music professionals will share knowledge and skills in a series of various workshops, panel discussions, and speed networking sessions and unwind to live music acts with enchanting DJ entertainment playing late into the night. There will also be real music collaborations will be fostered by way of live recording sessions at the principal market venue; Crested Crane Hotel.
Some of the high profile delegates headlining the various panel discussions include Marion van Dijck from Kenya’s Sawa Sawa Festival, Ben Mandelson, a Producer from WOMEX, the acclaimed world music market and Tabu Osusa from the Kenya-based Ketebul Music label. Others are Paul Duhaney from the Liverpool-based Africa Oyé Festival, Uganda’s Deborah Asiimwe, Coordinator of Sundance EA and Carmela Sinco a Filipino New York-based Composer/Musician. They will lead discussions on professional band management, defining world music within international markets with a view to funding African operators and extensive discussions on music, dance and theatre in East Africa. Delegates will also be introduced to alternative sounds from the UK, get tips on how to get their respective governments to support artistes and music ethics and also talk shop digital music distribution in Africa and how to assert themselves onto East African radio music playlists. There will also be “hands-on” fringe workshop sessions on making a signature sound from digital production, ways to record live music and creative entrepreneurship.
At dusk, delegates will spread into one-on-one speed networking session with the visiting professionals and at nightfall, Jinja will come alive with live music showcases from handpicked artistes like prodigy percussionist Okello Lawrence, Kenya’s Sarabi Band, Tanzania’s Swahili Ally and Uganda’s Qwela Band. Tanzania’s Grace Matata, Kenya’s Ocheng’ Nelly and Rwanda’s Angel are also on the performers’ bill. The entertainment will then morph into a disc-spinning session by Santuri DJs willl shall be having two Bands from East Africa showcasing and as soon as they are done, the Santuri Djs will be taking over to feed your ears with great sound that you would love to listen and dance to. DOADOA will then top it off with a hearty offering of raw and refined Ugandan culture by way of the annual Bayimba Regional Festival; a daylong midday to midnight showcase. Visiting delegates can also partake of Jinja’s abundant tourism treats that include whitewater rafting, speed-boat racing and bungee jumping all on the River Nile. More information is available at www.doadoa.org.
Text: MOSES SERUGO (firstname.lastname@example.org)