Stromae Returns To Rwanda To Close Out His World Tour

Belgian pop star Stromae returns to his father's homeland of Rwanda to close out his global tour at Kigali's ULK Stadium

Back in June, Belgian pop star Stromae  had to cut his Tournée Africaine across Sub-Saharan Africa short due to illness. This week, he's been making up on those cancelled dates by closing out his world tour with shows in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, the birthplace of his father where he will play the ULK Stadium on October 17. "Returning to Rwanda is going to be special, deep and really important. This is my origin - I will meet my family. I can imagine that it’s going be a lot of feelings and emotions as I discover my country," the singer tells Al Jazeera. His father, an architect, was killed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Stromae's coming off a triumphant North American run which saw him sell out New York City's Madison Square Garden for a show alongside Janelle MonáeJidenna. Part of the proceeds from the Kigali concert will be donated to SOLID AFRICA, "a Rwandan NGO offering hospital beds and food supplies to some of the poorest and disenfranchised communities," a press statement reads. Tickets for Stromae's concert in Rwanda are available here.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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Eswatini Is Trying To Dethrone Africa's Last Standing King

Africa's last absolute monarchy is being challenged by pro-democracy protests and an army of youths ready to fight back.