If you take a trip to the bustling city of Kampala in Uganda you’ll find a lot of cool things: museums, a huge lake (Nalubaale / Lake Victoria), boda-boda motor taxis, and events on every night. The newest addition to the cool is AFRI-CANS Street Art Festival headed by Kampala-born and raised artist SPARROW.
Back in 2015, I met Sparrow when he was a part of a beatmaking workshop I taught as a part of the NEXT LEVEL Hip-Hop Diplomacy Program. By the end of the festival, I came to him to ask about the tag SPARROW that I had seen on a few walls while going through the city – since it was also the name of a beat he had saved during our class. When he revealed to me that he was the actual artist tagging the name, and has a huge passion for graffiti and street art culture.
Fast forward to today and Sparrow has trailblazed his way into evolving Kampala’s visual arts culture by organizing Uganda’s very 1st street art festival: AFRI-CANS. The festival brings together youth, djs, MCs and more in the city’s capital of Kampala for a day of creativity and peace using art as the guide.
We had a talk about some of SPARROW’s inspirations in art and music in his day to day journey, strengthening the arts community in East Africa. Check the words below.
What’s your story in 3 words?
It means I have the capacity to live my life and be what I want…..Sparrow.