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Kampire

Uganda

East Africa’s turntable hotshot

“A lot of representation of African music is from white dudes in tropical shirts,” Kampire told Dazed last year. “It’s really important that Africans get to speak for themselves and represent their own music.” A member of Kampala’s musically hyperactive Nyege Nyege collective, when she takes to the decks, Kampire is most definitely speaking for herself, her selections increasingly lighting up dancefloors across the globe. She’s known for ecstasy-inducing sets that, alongside the Congolese soukous she was raised on, dip into all manner of African and Afro-centric styles – baile funk, soca, Afro-house, deep electronica… In joining the dots from past, present and future, Kampire’s art is an authored snapshot of her generation. For her, it’s all about equity rather than exoticism. “There are young, contemporary African producers who have the same diverse influences that someone anywhere else would.”