On the 18th of September, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala with the help of the Goethe Institut brought to the gifted wordsmith, rapper and poet Akua Naru to the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts 2016. Her performance turned out to be the most highlighted shows at the festival. Akua Naru, who lives in Germany and released her debut album “The Journey Aflame” in 2011, has solidified herself in short time on the scene as a model for what women can be in hip hop. Read more…

FEMME ELECTRONIC Femme Electronic is a platform to encourage women in the field of electronic music, to create a network, to connect and to exchange experiences. Femme Electronic organizes workshops for female participants with experienced DJs and Producers from Uganda and abroad. In 2016 we have been running three workshops with international guests such as Ena Lind (Berlin), Black Madonna (USA).Read more…..

ASINGLELINE – AN ENACTED THOUGHT – BY MAMAZA ASINGLELINE – a red line straight through the city. a line that connects different places and people and which spiritually brings them closer to each other. ASINGLELINE wants to look at this basic, generic entity of a line and look at it simply from another point of view: a line’s function is also to connect, to link, to bring things which are far from each other geographically or mentally closer together. Read more…..

14470485-standardGerman DJ Duo Schlachthofbronx in Kampala

Schlachthofbronx is a DJ Duo from Munich producing and playing innovative club music. On 16th May, they played a show with various Ugandan DJs in an empty warehouse. On Saturday 16th May, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/UGCS organized an event so full of internationally minded as well as locally influenced music that was just right for the taste of the Ugandan night folk. Read more…..


Burnt Friedman meets Hakim Kiwanuka

On the 10th of October Burnt Friedman and Hakim Kiwanuka created a unforgettable sound experience in the garden of the GZK/UGCS. Burnt Friedman has been in the music business for over 30 years – still, his name wasn’t familiar to us when the Goethe-Institut in Munich approached us to become one of the locations for his Sub-Sahara Africa tour. The first impression of a “German electronic music” turned out to be a fallacy, after realising that the cooperation with a local artist would become an electronic-acoustic music experience….Read more…..


BLU UGA – Concert and Exhibition

On the 16th February GZK/UGCS hosted an energetic concert with Viva con Agua rapper’s Marteria and Maeckes from Germany, featuring Abramz, Sylvester, Lady Slyke and Bris Jean. BLU UGA stands for „Blue Uganda“ – and blue stands for water. Under this theme 14 dedicated people from Germany travelled to Uganda with the charitable organization Viva con Agua St. Pauli and the German broadcasting company ZDF…..Read more…..


Nneka & the finest female voices of Uganda

On 9th February 2012 more than 1200 visitors celebrated a sweeping evening with the German-Nigerian singer Nneka at the Goethe-Zentrum in Kampala. On 9th February 2012, on invitation of the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/UGCS, the German-Nigerian singer Nneka performed together with the finest female voices of Uganda – Ife Piankhi, Tshila, Irene Ntale, Keko and the nine years old Hip-Hopper MC Flower – at the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala…..Read more…..


CNIRBS, this is the name of a Jazzband from Hamburg, composed of the keyboarder and composer Matthäus Winnitzki, the drummer Konrad Ullrich and the euphonist and trumpeter Stephan Meinberg. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut München, CNIRBS toured with their new album ‘Hey Kollege’ through the African continent for 3 weeks. After shows in Maputo/Mozambique, Antananarivo/Madagascar, Johannesburg/South Africa and Kigali/Rwanda they presented their musical arrangements in Kampala, whereby some songs were fused with the input of the Ugandan musicians Joel Sebunjo and Lawrence Okello. This was followed by performances in Nairobi/Kenya and Addis Ababa/Ethiopia…..Read more…..



Facilitated by Jonas Hummel, a German sound technician and musician, the GZK/UGCS organized a 10 day workshop leading to the 7th Bayimba international Festival of the Arts. In those 10 days 9 participants from 5 different countries (Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Germany) met to create new music instruments out of old electronic devices. The electronic scrap consisted of things like old computer keyboards, radios, CD players, sound cards, and a variety of different cables and much more – even an Adungo (a Ugandan traditional harp like instrument) was re-used…Read more…..


In recent years, the Spoken Word has gained great popularity in Germany – the biggest Poetry Slam of Europe, the Bunkerslam, takes place annually in different German cities. But also in bars, museums and coffee shops of Kampala and other African cities a Spoken Word and Poetry Scene has gradually developed. Until now it has mainly been acting in small groupings and without further public impact…Read more…..