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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.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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