The Amani Music and Arts Festival is held in February in the eastern town of Goma to promote peace and culture in the Democratic Republic Congo and Great Lakes region.
Goma, a provincial capital of North Kivu Province in the Democratic of Congo has since 2013 been hosting an annual music and arts festival in the Great lakes Region.
The festival brings together lovers of music and arts to Goma, a town which overlaps the border between Rwanda and Congo and has over the years been noted for hosting refugees during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.
Now in its 5th year, Amani(which means peace in Swahili) through its music ans arts hopes to enhance peace and uphold a positive image of the once-troubled zone.
Music has remained the main attraction at the festival, with artists from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC and many others from Great Lakes Region, gracing the occasion with songs having the message of peace.
The organizers also used the opportunity to enhance youth entrepreneurship and environmental protection in the region.
The event which took place last weekend was described by as a Congolesse-style Woodstock by a Belgian-Congolese singer Teme Tan, who was part of the performers.
This year’s event which among others featured Kenya’s Sauti Sol as well as Uganda’s legendary musician, Jose Chameleon, was reported to have attracted over 30,000 people.
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