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GZK Dance Call – What’s your global Shout-out 2020?

In November 2020, we organized an online dance project connecting Germany and Uganda. The Dance Call took place in cooperation with the German Embassy Kampala, addressing German and Ugandan urban dancers to come up with a catchy video of 1 minute presenting their global shout-out for 2020. Until 9th November dancers had time to submit…

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Urban Music Rebels – Sauti za Busara Festival & LP production – 2020

The Urban Music Rebels’ journey continued in 2020 and reunited the musicians at the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar from February 13 – 17. The regional project is a cooperation between the Goethe-Instituts Rwanda, Tanzania, (since 2020 also) Kenya and the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala. The Urban Music Rebels collective was founded in 2019 to reflect…


Urban Music Rebels – ONGALA Festival – 2019

In August, the first workshop of the regional project ‘‘Urban Music Rebels’’ took place in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The idea for this project emerged after noticing a continuously growing trend to connect traditional instruments and local singing with modern beats and production techniques of the electronic music scene. The Goethe-Institutes in Tanzania and Rwanda are organizing…

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30 Years UGCS – Past, Present, Future

On November 22nd, 2019 the Ugandan German Cultural Society (UGCS) celebrates its 30-years anniversary with a full programme honoring 30 years of engagement and cooperation. The journey of UGCS hast started in 1989, until it officially became Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ UGCS in 2008. It works as a platform for intercultural exchange and promotes the German language…


Mirembe Rhythm

On October 12th, 2018 Goethe-Zentrum Kampala UGCS hosted the kick-off party of the three-day event series #MirembeRhythm featuring an exciting mix of talented DJs and MCs from Uganda, Germany, DRC and Kenya shared the finest electronic beats and rhythms out there. In the face of persistent gender inequality challenges #MirembeRhythm did not only represent peace and intercultural exchange but…


Tropical Fish with Rehema Nanfuka

What does one lose in exchange for “bubble baths and a gin-and-tonic life”? On the 9th of August, Rehema Nanfuka returned to the fully booked Goethe-Zentrum rooftop to perform the stage adaptation of Doreen Baingana’s award-winning short story, Tropical Fish. The play about a young campus girl’s affair with an older white businessman in Kampala started off as…


Music & Digital Technologies: Music Production and Recording Workshop

The impact of technology on the creation and the spread of music in and out of Africa has been recognized and well documented, yet the tools it encompasses are not always used to their full potential. The workshop Music & Digital Technologies: Music Production and Recording was therefore focussing on the possibility of using machines…



In October 2017, 14 Hip Hop musicians from the accross the African continent, Uganda and Germany came together in Kampala for a project about music and activism. The project lasted five days and included a workshop, a panel discussion a concert and a studio recording session. The visiting musicians had the chance to visit Newzbeat…

La Lucha


LA LUCHA, featuring Tracey (Uganda), Monza (Mauretania), Sylvester (Uganda), Juma (Kenya), Zex Inchkumi (Uganda), Lady Slyke (Uganda), Abramz (Uganda), Gunman Xuman (Senegal), Nash MC (Tanzania), Eric 1Key (Ruanda). Produced by Ghanaian Stallion (Germany), vocals recorded by Matex at Dream Studios, Kampala. Mix & Master by Nils Faller at Fallers Place, Berlin.

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THE VOICE OF REASON, Eric 1Key (Rwanda), Outspoken (Zimbabwe), Juma (Kenya), Jora Mc (Uganda), Zex Inchkumi (Uganda), St. Nellysade (Uganda), MC Yallah (Uganda), DJ Nesta (Uganda), Megaloh (Germany). Produced by Koz’n Effekt (Uganda), vocals recorded by Matex at Dream Studios, Kampala. Mix & Master by Nils Faller at Fallers Place, Berlin.

Akua naru


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…



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…



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,…


German 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…


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…

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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…


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…



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…

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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…