French rapper Youssoupha will perform in Kigali | The new times

The FRENCH rapper of Congolese origin, Youssoupha Mabiki, commonly known as Youssoupha, has been confirmed among the artists who will honor the next second edition of the AIC-MOCA festival scheduled for June 30 to July 3 in Kigali.

The festival is a joint project of Africa in Colors (AIC), a Rwandan artistic initiative represented by Raoul Rugamba, and the Mouvement des Créatifs Africains (MOCA), an initiative represented by Cameroonian art entrepreneur Alain Bidjeck.

The rapper is notably part of the line-up of the main artists who will close the festival alongside other musical groups whose names have not yet been communicated.

Rugamba, the mastermind of the festival, says Youssoupha’s presence on stage in Kigali will not only benefit the local music industry, but will also make the festival more entertaining.

“It’s a good thing for the Rwandan music scene, and we look forward to doing a lot during the festival. His presence at the festival goes beyond a simple concert, but he shares, meets and collaborates with local artists, encounters Rwandan culture and discovers the business opportunities that Rwanda offers to creative people,” says Rugamba.

The festival is expected to bring together creatives from music, visual arts, fashion, film and production, among others.

The organizers are setting up masterclass workshops, conferences, visits, cultural exhibitions and B2B meetings, among other initiatives, on the festival’s program for creatives, local and international, to share their experiences on the best way to turn their creations into gold.

Concerts, video games, virtual reality will also be organized to entertain the participants and the general public during the festival.

Who is Youssoupha?

Youssoupha, 29, was born to a Congolese father, Congolese musician and politician from Kinshasa Tabu Ley Rochereau and a Senegalese mother.

After spending his childhood in Congo-Kinshasa, at the age of 10, he moved to France to live with relatives in Béziers, then Osny, Cergy and Sartrouville.

He finished his French baccalaureate at the Academy of Versailles with very good grades and continued in Cultural Mediation, Communication in Roanne and La Guillotière. After obtaining a master’s degree, he devoted himself to music.

His first album ‘Frères Lumières’ was with two other friends. He has also participated in numerous musical projects including the album ‘Tendance’ by the group Bana Kin (with Sinistre Kozi Philo and Mic genie).


James C. Tibbs