On the music scene, we kicked things off with the Kiss Summer Awards 2021, hosted by Kiss FM, the most widely heard radio station in Rwanda. The awards were to pay celebrate and give recognition to hard working musicians and other industry players.
In October, 12 musicians from Tanzania, Kenya, Poland, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Belgium, France, Morocco, and Rwanda performed at the Maisha concert, an Afro-European Music Experiment. From the nyatiti, a traditional Kenyan string instrument, to the saxophone, instruments were the star of the show. Modern inanga player, Munyakazi Deo also took to the stage to entertain the enthusiastic crowd. The free concert was the first to break attendance records in times of the current pandemic, filling up the venue to 50%, as was mandated at the time. Setting the stage for what was to come.
Our November was lit up by music superstar Omah Lay performing at the Kigali Fiesta, which turned out to be the most attended event of 2021 with 4700 tickets sold. Additionally, we had the honor of having superstar, Rema, perform alongside local superstars such as Bruce Melodie, Symphony Band, Ariel Wayz, and Alyn Sano.
2021 concluded with the Chorale de Kigali Christmas Carol Concert that was live streamed on RBA, a highlight of the annual festive season calendar.