Wednesday 29 June 2022
They play on the wildest instrument at the festival and bring you into a bliss-like trance


It’s the wildest instrument at Roskilde Festival in 2022! It’s managed by this group of very skilled mallet operators.

The embaire is a huge Ugandan wooden xylophone (look at it!). It’s performed by up to eight musicians simultaneously, who weave together short polyrhythmic melodic phrases, starting simply and building into cascading patterns that shift and flow into waves of coalescing grooves, accompanied by unison or call-and-response singing, creating ecstatic compositions that build in complexity and intensity.

It’s the kind of music that can bring you into a trance-like state of mind. Simply because the music has such a hypnotizing effect with the beautiful wooden notes played in so many patterns all at once.

Plus it’s an ensemble that’s really worth watching on stage!

The Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe are from Busoga, Uganda, and they are one of the few remaining groups playing the embaire, but they're working hard to bring the instrument to the wider world.

Following an acclaimed performance at the 2019 Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja, they joined the ever-expanding roster of cutting-edge Ugandan artists represented by the Nyege Nyege Tapes team, the self-described 'artist development incubator' based in Kampala.

Come watch this wild bunch of xylophone bangers!

Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe is presented together with Nyege Nyege Tapes, a Uganda-based label that brings chaos to the digital dancefloor and empowers artists across the African continent.