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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

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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