Pierre Kwenders, spokesman of modern Africa, humbly shares his rich cultural heritage through his music.
After putting out two EPs last year, he will release his first full length album Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, via Bonsound at the Phi Centre.
With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path, adding a new flavour (reminiscent of the works of Kwabs and Buruka Som Sistema) to his repertoire. Le Dernier Empereur Bantou is an ultimate cry of joy, using Cajun rhythms, mythical characters, and childhood musings and reminiscence. Pierre Kwenders also includes a few nods to his own musical background.
Chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category, the Montrealer of Congolese origin puts together all kinds of sounds and rhythms. Le Dernier Empereur Bantou was recorded over two years in Washington D.C, Nova Scotia and Montreal, and includes collaborations with Jacobus, Baloji and The Posterz. Nom de Plume and Poirier also participated in the making of this eagerly awaited full-length debut album.
The evening will be animated by ICI Musique's Philippe Fehmiu.