Swiss-Ugandan artist Awori has been invited to perform and be part of the multidisciplinary programme of activities that celebrate the opening of 32° East’s new purpose-built contemporary art centre in Kampala, Uganda.
The launch event from 23-25 March 2023 aims to highlight the values that inspired the centre’s formation: collaboration, connection, creation, and collective imagination. Phase I of the new centre includes a library/multi-purpose space and four artist studios. Fundraising for Phase II is in progress, and will add two additional artist studios, accommodation, a workshop, library, offices, a gallery, and shops including one for artist supplies.
The programme will include artist commissions, film screenings, performances and opportunities for connection. The talks series will feature Ugandan and international creative practitioners in dialogue about what community and public spaces need to be in these times.
Awori is a nomadic musician who turns to song writing as a means to adapt to ever-changing environments. Her sound dwells in the R&B and Hip-Hop realms with subject matter ranging from vulnerability and self-image to migration and protest. A prominent figure in the Swiss music scene for the last 10 years, she has collaborated with artists from all over the world, blurring distance and genres in the process. In 2008 Awori co-founded the duo CaramelBrown, renamed Kami Awori in 2016. The band performed at multiple Swiss venues and festivals. In 2021, Awori released her first solo album “Ranavalona” under the label Jarring Effects. The album was well-received by the Swiss and international press. In 2022, Awori won the mx3 “Picture My Music” competition, which resulted in a music video directed by Nyonese videographer Mei Fa Tan. Awori has performed in Geneva, Lausanne, Nyon, Concise and more.