The Amani Festival is an ABSL that has the following objectives:
get people together for a cultural and celebratory event, far from the daily problems and the effects of war - to create a place where the people of the Great Lakes can meet, and so start to build a way forward together.
improve Goma’s image, along with that of the East of DRC and the Great Lakes. To show how both the young and the less young of this region have a real desire to use their talents to build a better future.
We believe that a better future depends on each one of us and that we must work together to build it.
We believe that dynamism and innovation are crucial for the development and prosperity of our region.
We believe that the well-being of the individual and of the community requires each one of us to commit to protecting the environment and keeping it clean.
To realise the three values above we believe that we should all give generously of our time and energy.
The idea of a big music and dance festival came from the people who work at Goma’s Foyer Culturel. Their aim was to promote peace in the region and culture.
Young volunteers and trainers at the foyer joined forces and decided to transform art and music into means to express and awareness around peace. This is why the festival is called Amani, that means peace in Swahili.
The idea emerged following the success of the Sanaa weekends, events during which the local talents (musicians, comedians, dancers…) from Goma take the stage.
By inviting famous musicians and groups from the region and beyond, this festival will attract thousands of young people and give them an opportunity to forget their daily troubles, to think about peace and living together in harmony.
With no experience nor training in organising events on such a scale ( 30 000 people present), the organisers from the foyer decided to give it a go and make it a success!
With the support of the festival’s promoter and a few friends with experience in organising events, the 1st edition was supposed to take place in August 2013 but had to be cancelled due to the security situation in Goma. Instead, a support concert tool place in Kinshasa.
KEY FIGURES OF THE DIFFERENT EDITIONS
7ième édition 2020
Some of the artists present at the last festival include: Faada Freddy, Mbilia Bel, Didier Awadi, Professor Jay, Innoss'B, Dobet Gnahoré, Steup Up Crew, Acrobates, Gaz Mawete, Euforquestra, Céline Banza, Serge Cappuccino, UsX & Izoard, Grand Mike Jazz, Jam Session, Alphaz, Honoman, Glomaneka, SLM, Bill Ruzima, Ndaane, Kris Dane / Slam, Requiem pour la Paix, ...
6th edition 2019
Some of the artists present at the last festival include: Fally Ipupa, Youssoupha, Ruth Tafébé, Lady Jaydee, Alisheur Amouly, Joly Malonga, Nkento Bakaji, Alif Naaba, Mortal Combo, Yvan Buravan, Infrappa, Knowless, Gaël Faye, Dj Spilulu, DJ Alec, T-Saint Arrow, Kareyce Fotso, Nasfi Power, Life Song, Baloji, Anick Michael
5th edition 2018
Some of the artists present at the last festival include: Ferre Gola, Dub Inc., Jupiter & Okwess, Maurice Kirya, Aganze Premier, Zao, Té Tan, José Chameleone, BCUC, Yemba Voice, Irene Ira, Anderson Mukwe, Young B, Dj Damas, DJ USX, Dj Color, CED Koncept, Kerim Kaduro, ...
4th edition in 2017
Some of the performers in 2017: Sauti Sol, Jean Goubald, Yewande Austin, Fabregas, Boddhi Salva, DJ Amaroula, Bolivar M’vulu, Franc issa Le Rossignol, Life Story, Thomas Lusango, 4 langues, Robat King, Magic Pinokio, René Byamungu,…
3rd edition in 2016
Some of the performers in 2016: Nneka, Ismël Lo, Werrason, Zao, Kode, le Trio Ali Keita-Yvonne Mwale-Joel Sebunjo, Angel Mutoni, JC Kibombo, Black Man Bausi, Innoss’B Sango’A...
2nd edition in 2015
Some of the performers in 2015: Tiken Jah Fakoly, Habib Koité, Bill Cliton, Mani Martin, Mayaya, Junior Grigo, Lion Story,Willy Stone, Mista Faba, Grp Kistanga Tusti “Kahé “...
1st edition in 2014
Some of the performers in 2014: Lokua Kanza, Lexxus Legal, Innos’B, Mani Martin, Tonton Lusambo, Fal-J, Jessica Kill, Groupe Matakiyo, Groupe Folk, Pinochet, Maraben, Maguru...