KigaliUp Music Festival 2012

KigaliUp! Festival

What: KigaliUp Music Festival
When: July 7th & 8th
Where: Amahoro Stadium (the event has been moved from Kimuhurura)
Cost: Rwf 2,000/day or Rwf 3,000/weekend or buy a festival supporter ticket for Rwf 10,000/day or Rwf 15,000/weekend (these passes include a drink and raffle ticket)

The 2nd Annual KigaliUp Music Festival – a dynamic celebration of diversity, creativity, and evolution of the Rwandan culture and economy – will take place from 1pm to 11pm on both Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, 2012 in the park at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

Many popular and emerging artists from the region will perform alongside international artists.  Senegal’s Ismael Lo will wow audiences with his lush percussion-laden m’balax songs. Award-winning bandleader and drummer Kidum and quirky 6-piece Afro Pop Ma3 represent Kenya. Burundi’s Steven Sogo brings his re-imagined traditional songs. American blues revivalist Corey Harris, who collaborated with the late Ali Farka Touré, makes his first trip to Rwanda with his band. The audience will also revel in the fresh hip-hop sounds and poetry of South Africa’s Tumi and the Volume and Zimbabwean master mbira player Chiwoniso.

KigaliUp celebrates Africa’s deep, diverse musical traditions, including traditional music, blues, hip-hop, funk and reggae. It features collaboration between Rwandan, African and international artists. Workshops with international artists will be held in the community. Like a miniature village for the weekend, KigaliUp will come alive with 2 stages, a marketplace, beer garden and a family zone.

The festival is the vision of Juno Award-winning Rwandan-Canadian artist Mighty Popo, who’s working with a team of local and international arts industry veterans, including Rwanda’s Positive Productions.

The first annual KigaliUp Festival on September 10, 2011 was a magical, ground-breaking event featuring over 30 Rwandan, East African, French and Canadian artists performing on 2 stages to a diverse audience of 2,500 people. Over 35 Rwandan artisan vendors and collectives were part of the festival, organized by 70 Rwandan and international volunteers.

This year, tickets will be available at the gate. Standard tickets are Rwf 2,000 for one day or Rwf 3,000 for the weekend; Festival supporter tickets (which include a free drink and a ticket for a raffle drawing to win prizes) are Rwf 10,000 for one day or Rwf 15,000 for the weekend. Anyone interested in volunteering – either for Gate & Ticket Sales; Beer Garden; Artist Liaison; or CD Sales – should contact Katie at and specify the preferred task and shift(s).

For more information, check out the KigaliUp website, their Facebook page, or their Twitter feed.

KigaliUp is a music and arts festival aimed at supporting Rwandan and African artists. It is organized for the community by the community, and is completely run by volunteers and on a very slim budget. One of our main sources of revenue is ticket sales. So if you can afford it, please buy a Festival Supporter Pass to help sustain the festival in future years!

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