Stromae has said he is “very happy” to be in Kigali, to end his African tour with a long awaited and highly symbolic concert in his home country. His father was killed during the 1994 genocide.
“I am obviously very pleased to be here, especially with all the health problems I’ve had and the obligatory cancelations. But I am super happy to be here, and it’s weird to see so many faces that look like mine, or rather that I look like”, he said during a press conference.
“It’s a nice but strange feeling”, he said.
To the disappointment of his fans, the singer had to cancel the last two concerts of his first African tour in June, for health reasons. He had planned two concerts in Kinshasa and Kigali. He was suffering from the side effects of an antimalarial treatment.
“It’s fate that we have ended the tour here in Kigali, and I’m very happy about it”, he said. He added “it was very important to come to my home country”.
After his concert, he was due to meet up with members of his father’s family that live in Rwanda, and visit the genocide memorial.
“I came when I was 5, but I don’t remember it very well… I only know about my roots through European eyes”, he admitted.