Even the grasshoppers have chosen not to risk this city…
RIP Nyege Nyege: If I am to count one of the greatest decisions I made this year, not showing up for Nyege Nyege was one of those. It seems to me that over the years, Nyege Nyege has attracted more of the kind driven by the base desires than people on a search for artistic expression… I guess, it is that point when Nyege Nyege is at the crossroads, it must choose which way to go. Dumb it down? Lose all the purity and just be another trade fair?
I had a funny feeling about Nyege Nyege this year. It was all in the air. I have always prided myself in having the most fantastic intuition. I can smell a great party months away. This intuition is something that grows within you, I had to earn it in my early youthful years. In those years, we partied at everything that had a name called ‘party.’ At some places we were bounced, at others, we bribed the bouncers. We travelled miles for a good party. And that is how we came to be in the early days of Nyege Nyege long before most came to know about the event.
And those were days when we had no cars to our names, just small tokens to threaten with and nothing more. But there’s something original about the days when you do not have much. There is a purity you create from the heart. Something gets messed up about the artistic soul once it makes some money. It is not easy to keep that artistic soul. I suspect the same happened to Nyege Nyege. Because, how come I could not even get an inch of FOMO?
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