The 11th edition of the Anoumabo Urban Music Festival (FEMUA) opened on Tuesday evening in Abidjan against the backdrop of the urging of youth to avoid illegal immigration, a central theme of this edition of FEMUA, APA said. on the spot in the Ivorian economic capital.
Tradition and modernism rubbed shoulders this afternoon in this cosmopolitan village of Anoumabo, located in the heart of the Abidjan commune of Marcory, south of the Ivorian economic capital.
As soon as you cross the main bridge, joining this village to the other neighborhoods of the town, the visitor is « struck » by the colors of one of the biggest festivals of Sub-Saharan Africa initiated by the legendary Ivorian musical group « Magic System » and which is a forum for promoting urban musical rhythms. The posters of partners also flood the streets of the village.
Welcoming the relevance of the central theme, « youth and illegal immigration » at the opening of the Festival, Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly emphasized that he is « in tune with current realities », recalling the European Union-African Union summit held in Côte d’Ivoire last November and during which the issue was debated.
« Our main challenge is to offer young people other alternatives, » said Amadou Gon Coulibaly, also sponsor of this 11th edition of FEMUA. Continuing, he urged « young people at work, the real key to success ».
« The evil persists, the consequences are disastrous », regretted the vocal lead of the group Magic System Salif Traoré said A’Salfo, also Commissioner General of FEMUA, promising that the fruits of the discussions on the subject within the framework of Carrefour Jeunesse, an important part of the festival will be transmitted to the authorities to enrich the solutions to the phenomenon.
Development factor through its social actions, the FEMUA has to its credit the rehabilitation and equipment of hospitals, orphanages, nurseries, donations to refugees and the construction of several schools offered to the State of Côte Ivory. Each year, several stars from outside perform on this stage alongside local artists.
On the stage of FEMUA 11, relocated to the National Institute of Youth and Sports (INJS) for reasons of work in the village of Anoumabo, are expected among others Soprano and Dub Ing (France), Lokua Kanza (DRC ), Yémi Aladé (Nigeria), Takora (Burkina Faso) Sidiki Diabaté and M’Bouillé Koité (Mali) and Zeynab (Benin).
National artists include Luckson Padaud, Dobet Gnahore, Sidonie the Tigress, Kedjevara Dj, Leaders and Guy Christ Israel. The festival, part of which will take place in Korhogo in the far north of Côte d’Ivoire, will end on April 22nd.