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‘Move Afrika: Rwanda,’ a first-of-its-kind international music touring circuit throughout the continent of Africa, was held in Kigali’s BK Arena on December 6th to a sold-out audience of 8,000 people.
Move Afrika is a project run by Global Citizen, an international education and advocacy organisation seeking to end extreme poverty and promote social justice and equity across the globe. The first Move Afrika concert is the launch of a five-year tour schedule aimed at pioneering world-class music and live entertainment across the African continent, in an effort to inject jobs and skills training into local economies.
Move Afrika: Rwanda, in association with global production company Done + Dusted and the Rwanda Events Group, employed more than 1,000 Rwandans, and engaged 75% local crew and production staff, with a specific focus on creating opportunities for skill development and international event training.
Solotech were asked to supply a control package and production crew for the event, with PA to be supplied locally. Solotech Senior Account Manager, Martin Connolly explained, “Solotech has a wealth of experience in festival situations that require a quick-changeover of artists. That kind of technical expertise just isn’t currently available in Rwanda, hence the reason we supplied a crew of eight for the event.”
The Solotech control package included an AVID S6L at FOH with a DiGiCo SD12 provided for monitors. Over in RF, 16 channels of Shure Axient were available for inputs while Shure PSM1000 was deployed for IEMs. A comprehensive microphone package, Riedel Bolero comms, L-Acoustics ARCS sidefills, Martin Audo wedges and a full line system completed the system that made the 6000 mile journey from Birmingham to Kigali.
“Shipping out a PA system would have been ideal but just wasn’t practical on this occasion,” continued Martin Connolly. “A local supplier had some L-Acoustics K3 which was supplemented by a Dynacord system, along with some L-Acoustics KIVA. We sent out System Tech Dan Leaver and he was able to turn the package into a working solution, which by all accounts sounded great.”
“Feedback from the crew was really positive. The whole experience – from the brand new multipurpose BK Arena to the country itself – was unforgettable. It’s been a pleasure to work with Global Citizen on this project and we look forward to building this relationship further in the near future.”
Dan Leaver, Stephen “Alf” Alflatt, Pete Hughes, Jack Hubball, Dom Green, Henry Pearce, Will Hall and Martin Hutt
Read more on Global Citizen: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/