B.A.D.mix 003 – Kampire

July’s B.A.D.mix brings forth Kampala-based DJ, artist and writer Kampire, with an exhilarating 50 minute exploration of Black sounds. The Nyege Nyege mainstay pulls together many corners of the diaspora to take us a real journey.

Thanks to Milo Craig for his work on the jingle (@milocraig)


How are things going for you recently?

honestly, they could be better. It’s been a very difficult year in Uganda with the pandemic and a violent election year so I am just trying to stay safe and sane

What have you been up to?

We are back in lockdown in Kampala (though did we ever leave?), so taking care of my plants, taking long walks with my puppy, digging for music, learning how to use production software as well as working from home.

If you could go back in time, what musical era would you go back to? Why?

I would go to precolonial Africa because there’s so much history that has been lost.

Tell us a bit about the mix.

I wanted it to be a taste of the breadth of global blackness. I am always inspired by the music of the African continent and diaspora, and the threads that tie different genres together. That being said it’s a lot of Angolan, South African, St Lucian and Cabo verdean music because those remain my first inspirations when it comes to African club music.

What’s your favourite track in the mix? How did you discover it?

It’s tough to pick just one! Maybe I’d say Uyithathapi reloaded by T-Man and Jeje. I don’t understand the words but there’s a lot of emotion being conveyed there.

Finally, who else would you like to see in the series?

Bambii, Boston Chery, Bembona, Authentically Plastic, Dormant Youth, Coco Emma, Asna.


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