Ideas, Stories, and Profiles

Uganda’s dance-hall and afropop artist Eddy Kenzo performed at KigaliUp Festival on Saturday night, an event that brought together thousands to celebrate music in the heart of Rwanda’s capital.

“I was super excited to see him perform in Kigali,” Grace Uwera, a fan told us after the show. “I am a huge fan and had never seen him sing live before. He was so energetic and his performances were hyped-up by the dances.”

Under a cloudy weather, Eddy Kenzo’s one-hour performance showcased his ability to effectively entertain wild audiences, alongside his 25-member band.

How it started! Award-winning Eddy Kenzo on #KigaliUp2015 stage, all the way from Uganda. #Rwanda #Music pic.twitter.com/xWnBXAnH0K

— The Kigalian (@TheKigalian) July 25, 2015

Born from a Rwandan mother, who died at his age of 4, his childhood was characterised by street life and he grew up to see music as a safe haven. He performed a variety of songs, including the most favourite 2014 hit Sitya Loss, which earned him global recognition and the BET Viewers’ Choice Award last month.

Prior to his appearance, Rwandan superstar Riderman had sparked the stage with his epic hip-hop performance in full flow.

This is how Riderman breaks it down. #KigaliUp2015 #Rwanda #Music #HipHop pic.twitter.com/V3zXT7MHnw

— Ejo Group (@EjoGroup) July 25, 2015

A great day-one indeed.

Alain Muhire contributed to this article.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.