TMB co-sponsors the 2016 Amani Festival Goma

11.02.2016, Goma, DRC – TMB is delighted to be a co-sponsor of the third edition of the Amani Music Festival, Goma. This three day international music and dance festival runs from 12th to 14th February 2016 in the capital of North Kivu.

“Danser pour Changer, Chanter pour la Paix” or “Playing for Change, Singing for Peace” is the strong slogan of the festival. The Amani Festival is a music and dance festival that seeks to promote initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the African Great Lakes Region. “Amani” is the Swahili word for “peace”.

A daily ticket costs $1 per person per day. The tickets are on sale since December at any TMB agent through the Pepele Mobile service. Twelve thousand tickets are available for each day of the festival.

As a sponsor of the event, TMB will offer 300 daily entry tickets to our clients and will also welcome 50 VIP guests each day.

Amani Festival is welcoming international artists as well as artists from the different ethnic groups of North and South Kivu as well as Rwanda and Burundi: NNEKA, the hip-hop reggae and soul singer of Nigerian origin living in Hamburg, Germany; WERRASON, one of the most popular artists in the DRC, known as “the king of the forest”; ZAO, the Congolese artist and comedian born in 1953 in Goma Tsé-Tsé, near Brazzaville; and the great trio of traditional African musicians Aly Keita, a Malian who grew up in Ivory Coast, the only African artist playing double balafon, Joel Sebunjo, the Ugandan artist bringing the ancient African instruments in the center of the Ugandan music and Kareyce Fotso, from Cameroon, full, dignified with humor, sensuality and emotions.

These leading artists will be accompanied by the up and coming Innoss’b (DRC), talented Angel Mutoni (Rwanda), ‘ambianceur’ of Congolese Rumba Jckibombo (DRC), singer Kode (DRC), BlackMan rapper (DRC ), duo Melissa FT. Wivine (DRC) and the Congolese ‘Celine Dion’ Keren (DRC) and traditional and modern dancers from throughout the region (Goma, Idjwi Lulingu, Masisi, …).

This year’s festival also aims to promote youth entrepreneurship during the festival. An entrepreneurship area has been created to promote innovative and ambitious projects and to demystify the process of creating a company. The idea is to bring together entrepreneurs, public services involved in the process of creating companies (simplified service for setting up a company, tax office…), and organisations that support entrepreneurship (Fond de Promotion de l’Industrie, ANAPI and TMB).

The entrepreneurship competition will allow four entrepreneurs to win USD 1,000 to launch their project, with individual prizes sponsored by TMB, Pepele Mobile, the United States Embassy and Bralima.

Another new feature of the festival this year is the Ekiden marathon. The race is a 42 km relay to be run in teams of six.

The festival is apolitical. It is only about music and peace. It is also not for profit. Artists are donating their time and talent to it; should the festival make a profit then that profit will go to the Foyer Culturel de Goma, the initiator and driving engine of the event.

People not in Goma and wishing to follow the Amani Festival during the three days, can do so by streaming via the festival website.

Festival Amani 2016