The most anticipated cultural event of the African continent, the Festival of the urban music of Anoumabo (FEMUA), initiated by the Ivorian group Magic System was launched in Paris at the headquarters of the Organization of the Nations for education, science and culture) (UNESCO) Thursday, February 29, 2015. This year, ECOWAS that celebrates its 40 years, is alongside the festival for the 8th edition, in order to give it its support. Opportunity for the institution to reaffirm its will to become an institution in the service of peoples.
Under the sign of integration and rapprochement of the peoples, the economic community of the States of the of West Africa (ECOWAS) held to accompany this 8th edition festival which will be held from 21 to 26 April 2015 in Abidjan. Mr. Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, President of the Commission of the Institution under regional, present in Paris for the occasion, has welcomed the initiative of Magic System.
« We have seen for years this festival and it is beneficial for us which celebrate our 40 years throughout the year 2015. » We decided to become an institution in the service of peoples since 2006 and the FEMUA offers us a unique opportunity to meet people. That is why we consider that the festival will become part of the manifestations of this celebration, »held said the President of the ECOWAS commission.
At this meeting to the press, the Commissioner general of the Festival, Mr. Salif Traoré, says has ‘ A’salfo (Magic System), UNESCO Ambassador and Ambassador for the human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, who was at his side the Congolese Fally Ipupa artists and Burkina Faso Smarty, announced the main lines of the FEMUA to know the social, cultural and sports component.
« Femua 8 will, once again, the opportunity to give the chance to the more disadvantaged with the construction of a school in the West of Ivory Coast, the hardest hit region by the post-election crisis. » This will be done with the help of our partner the Council of cocoa coffee. On music programming, there is a several artists from ECOWAS, Central Africa, South Africa, Uganda, but also of the France and the United States », said Salif Traoré.
According to the lead vocal of the Group Magic System, for this new edition, a fourth scientific component will be honored through meetings and a round table to discuss the issues of the future of the cultural industries.
In sporting terms, in addition to the traditional popular Cross which takes place each year, there will be a tournament of football called Maracana « tournament of ECOWAS ».
Has ‘ A’salfo also stressed that a part of the festival will be relocated in a commune of Abidjan. So after the Abobo and Yopougon, it is the turn of the commune of Kumasi to host the event for an evening.
For the Femua 8, are altogether 14 artists which 9 of the subregion and 5 others coming from different horizons, who will scroll on the scenes of Koumassi, Marcory Anoumabo and the French Institute, another innovation of the edition 2015.
Happy to support several years this festival, Unesco by the voice of Mr. Eric Falt, Assistant Director of Information and Communication, did not fail to mention the role of this festival in reconciliation in Ivory Coast in recent years.