The event, attended by President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame, drew thousands of fans to BK Arena for the opening of Move Afrika Rwanda—a unique music tour across Africa featuring a performance by Kendrick Lamar, an American rapper, and songwriter.
Other artists at the event included popular Tanzanian singer Zuchu, Rwandans Bruce Melodie and Ariel Wayz, as well as British choreographer Sherrie Silver.
In his address, Kagame described the evening as a moment of joy. "What a good way of ending the year. With music, with energy, with optimism."
Kagame emphasized the need for Africans to work together to address the continent’s challenges.
"There are many things we can address together. Working together, our continent stands strong and can address most of our challenges. We are looking forward to hosting global citizens every year, here in Kigali, through Move Afrika. I hope you feel at home, all of you, and I hope to see you again in the near future," he stated.
Kagame noted that this year’s theme focused on health as a precious asset and commended the efforts of community health workers. "I want to dedicate this moment to community health workers, who keep us healthy and safe," he noted.
Referring to the 2001 Abuja Declaration, Kagame highlighted the commitment of African Union member states to allocate at least 15% of their national budgets each year to improve their healthcare systems.
The President concluded his remarks by wishing concert participants Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2024.
Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, expressed gratitude for hosting the first Move Afrika event in Kigali, stating, "This is just the beginning. The real work starts tomorrow. Thank you for being on this journey to Move Afrika."
Created by the international advocacy organization Global Citizen, creative imprint pgLang, and the Rwanda Development Board, the inaugural Move Afrika: Rwanda show showcased the best African artists, creators, and entertainers to the world.
With every facet of the event’s production driving local economic investment, skill training, and youth entrepreneurship, the first Move Afrika concert signaled the launch of a five-year incremental tour schedule that will pioneer a world-class music touring circuit across the continent, changing the face of live entertainment in Africa.