Mighty Popo to represent Rwanda at Habari Africa Festival

By Jean de Dieu Akayezu
On 12 August 2021 at 10:44

Musician and Director of Nyundo School of Music, Jacques Muligande known by stage name Mighty Popo has been selected among artistes to feature in the virtual edition of Habari Africa Festival, which will be livestreamed on YouTube between 13th and 22 August due to ongoing measures to fight against Covid-19.

Mighty Popo will be performing at the festival for the second time.

Other artistes confirmed to stage performances include Donné Roberts from Madagascar, Alpha Yaya Diallo (Guinea) and Emde (Mali) among others.

Speaking to IGIHE, Mighty Popo has promised fun-filled performances adding that he will also give the floor to his students to exhibit their talents.

“It is a great honor to perform at this big festival again. I can promise fans and everyone attending that my performance will be very amazing,” he said.

The annual festival, which is the brainchild of the Batuki Music Society in Toronto, Canada, celebrates the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music. It features both Canada-based and international artistes.

Batuki Music Society artistic director, Nadine McNulty recently told Music In Africa that the transition from a live audience to a virtual one has presented some challenges for the organisation to adapt to the new situation.

“This is a new environment for many of us because we lost many performances spaces and support systems that come along with producing regular live events. It was challenging to find appropriate venues that could accommodate social distancing, technical gear and staffing,” she said.

Due to unprecedented effects brought by COVID-19, McNulty revealed that the organization is learning new skill sets to continue to present its activities in the virtual world.

Having started his music career in Burundi, Mighty Popo is the man behind “Kigali Up”, a music festival that has been bringing together world-famous musicians for live musical performances and other fun-filled activities in Kigali.

Mighty Popo has been selected among artistes to stage performances at Habari Africa Festival.