Thousands attended the 30th edition of “Fête de la musique” at One Youth Employment and Productive Centre, formerly Maison des Jeunes, in Kimisagara, Kigali, last Saturday.
The concert was organised by L’Institut Français du Rwanda – Centre d’échanges culturels franco-rwandais (IFR-CECFR).
Two professional DJs from France, Jean Christophe Couderc and Rémy Voet performed alongside eight Rwandan DJs: Isaac, Patson, Fabrice, Big Faraday 7, Thierry, Hugues and Valentino.
The disc-jockeys played various music genres: R&B, Zouk, East African music and Techno – keeping the mainly youthful crowd singing and dancing with frenzy.
According to the organisers, the event is completely different from other music festivals. The ‘Fête de la Musique’ is a free popular fête open to all artistes including amateur or professional musicians.
“This music day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. And it gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music,” Diana Ramarohetra, from the coordination team told The New Times.
During the ‘Fête de la Musique’ artistes are expected to perform free to the public. The event is usually held in public venues, such as streets and public buildings, like museums.
This is mainly to encourage major music institutions such as orchestra, operas and choirs to perform outside their usual locations.
Since its inauguration in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, ‘Fête de la Musique’ has been held in more than 100 countries in Europe and across the world.