Kendrick Lamar to headline new Global Citizen’s Festival in Rwanda

Kendrick Lamar will headline the new Global Citizen's Festival in Rwanda
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The time has come to grab those calendars and save the date as Global Citizen is heading to Kigali, Rwanda, for Move Afrika.

On Monday, Global Citizen announced the festival’s inaugural Move Afrika: Rwanda will be hosted by none other than seventeen-time Grammy winner, Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, and co-founder of pgLang, Kendrick Lamar. The ticketed event will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.

We would like to emphasize that the exact show’s timing will be revealed later. 

This is the world’s largest movement of action-takers and impact-makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty, and the voices of millions of Global Citizens around the world are driving lasting change towards sustainability, equality, and humanity by taking action every day. As per the official website, the Global Citizen’s Festival in Rwanda will showcase the following

“Move Afrika is Global Citizen’s latest effort to address the world’s inequities by creating job and entrepreneurship opportunities for the continent’s emerging generations through an annual series of world-class live events.

Showcasing the best of Africa to the world, these events will drive transformative investments in community-provided health services within local communities, engage local vendors, agencies, artists, and crews, and provide opportunities for on-the-job skill development and training.”


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Moreover, the details highlight that this initiative will focus on the key policy goals of promoting equity – specifically in the area of health, defending our planet and its inhabitants, and creating jobs and economic opportunities. We are calling on Global Citizens to take action to ask African leaders, philanthropy, and the private sector to make significant commitments to make meaningful progress towards strengthening health systems.

This is Move Afrika’s first major music event, and the co-founder of creative imprint pgLang Lamar will headline the event. And pgLang will serve as the Curator of Move Afrika for the next five years, from 2023 until 2028. In partnership with the Rwanda Development Board, Kigali, Rwanda will serve as the Move Afrika tour’s anchor city every year for the next five years. Each year, additional countries will be added to the tour schedule, which aims to expand to five countries by 2025.

“Our goal with Move Afrika is to inspire local youth and artists to unlock their creativity,” said pgLang. Further adding, “We hope to curate an immersive experience that empowers various communities and cultures across Africa and around the world for a lifetime.”

The individuals who want to buy the tickets and are interested in attending the event also have a chance to enter a draw to win free tickets for the event on The steps to enter the competition are as follows: Click sign up to enter to join Global Citizen, take action to earn points, and enter to win at least 20 points. Moreover, on WhatsApp, the audience can also earn your ticket by taking action. You can learn more about our impact here.

This year, the rapper, also known as “King Kendrick,” was seen doing many collaborations as back on May 19, 2023, Lamar released a surprise remix of Beyonce’s song “AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM” from her Grammy-winning 2022 album, RENAISSANCE. This collaboration marks their third project together, following the release of “Freedom” in 2016 and their appearance on the soundtrack for the 2019 live-action Lion King film with the song “NILE.” 

Notably, this remix represents Lamar’s first release of 2023 under his new record label, pgLang, co-founded with Dave Free.

On the other hand, in May 2023, Lamar and rapper Baby Keem released a collaboration song titled “The Hillbillies.” The song features an upbeat, Jersey club-inspired sample of Bon Iver’s “PDLIF” and was unexpectedly released on the pgLang YouTube channel. The accompanying music video, directed by Neal Farmer, includes a cameo appearance by rapper Tyler, the Creator. The song became available on streaming platforms on June 5, 2023.

Most recently, in October 2023, Taylor Swift released her fourth re-recorded album, 1989 (Taylor’s Version). The deluxe edition of the album includes the remix of “Bad Blood (Taylor’s Version)” featuring Lamar.