Goma, Nord Kivu, Congo: Third edition of the Amani Music Festival


An article from Radio Okapi (translation by CPNN)

The third edition of the Festival of Music and Dance “Amani” concluded on Sunday 14th February in Goma (North Kivu). Under the theme “Dancing to change, sing for peace”, the festival promotes a culture of peace and reconciliation among the people of a country beset by armed conflict for over two decades.

An extract of the performance by Werra Son

The festival featured artists from the Congo and the subregion of the Great Lakes including Noel Ngiama Makanda a.k.a. Werra Son.

The Senegalese artist-musician Ismae Lô highlighted the conclusion of the festival with his favorite songs including “Africas” and “Dibi Dibi Rek”.

He expressed his desire to return again to the Amani Festival and to continue, with other artists, the work of promoting peace not only in eastern Congo but throughout the Great Lakes region.

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Question related to this article:

What place does music have in the peace movement?

As of now, there are 36 CPNN articles on this theme, which shows the great extent to which music is the universal language of peace! These include the first and second editions of the Amani festival at Goma.