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Stromae Announces African Tour Dates

Belgian-Rwandan pop artist Stromae has announced an 8-date African tour across Senegal, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, and more.


Belgian-born, Rwandan-rooted pop singer Stromae has announced that he'll be touring across Sub-Saharan Africa in May for his eight-date Tournée Africaine. Stromae's African tour dates will see him playing shows in Senegal, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, the Republic of Congo, DRC, Gabon, and Rwanda, the birthplace of his father. The concerts will take place in the middle of the pop artist's extensive European and North American tour (he just brought out Kanye West last night at his Coachella set). Revisit Stromae's recent social media addiction video for "Carmen" below and, for more, check out his Cesária Évora tribute video “Ave Cesaria”, Belgian world cup anthem “Ta Fête” and the second capsule collection of his clothing line MOSAERT. View Stromae's full African, European and North American tour dates listed underneath.

Update 6/16: Stromae has been forced to cancel concerts in Kinshasa and Kigali due to a "serious side effects from preventative anti-malaria treatment, which has necessitated immediate hospitalization and require medical supervision," a statement from the artist's camp reads. Additional cancelled tour dates include shows in the UK, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and the United States. See below for his updated tour dates.

Stromae North American & European Tour Dates

Apr 22 stade Renée Serge Nabajoth des Abymes Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

Jul 05 Wireless Festival London, United Kingdom

Jul 08 Postepay Rock Roma, Italy

Jul 11 NOS Alive Festival Lisbon, Portugal

Jul 13 Moon & Stars Festival Locarno, Switzerland

Jul 14 Hydrogen Festival Padova, Italy

Jul 17 Benicassim Festival Benicasim, Spain

Jul 31 Lollapalooza Chicago 2015 Chicago, IL

Aug 02 Grant Park Chicago, IL

Sep 12 James L. Knight Center Miami, FL

Sep 14 The Buckhead Theater Atlanta, GA

Sep 16 Echostage Washington, DC

Sep 17 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA

Sep 18 House of Blues Boston, MA

Sep 22 Myth Minneapolis, MN

Sep 25 Royal Oak Music Theater Detroit, MI

Sep 26 Echo Beach Toronto, Canada

Sep 29 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada

Oct 01 Madison Square Garden New York, NY

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