A storyteller at his core, Quebec-based Congolese artist Pierre Kwenders is driven by the complexities of love. Kwenders’ musically rich upbringing soon established him as the most energetic dancer at family gatherings, but his first formative musical experience didn’t come until he joined a youth choir in 2008.
A decade later, he’s established himself as an architect of modern African music, creating a distinctive blend of Afro-inflected electronic sounds inspired by Congolese rumba, propagated by the Moonshine collective, a post-border multidisciplinary artist collective celebrating diversity in dance culture since Kwenders co-founded it in 2014.
Kwenders has a number of critically regarded works to his credit. His collaboration EP Classe Tendresse, which he worked on with French producer Clément Bazin, was released in the fall of 2020 and addresses themes of desire and nostalgia for one’s native country. The album follows Kwenders’s 2017 sophomore album MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time and his 2014 debut album Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, both of which received nominations for the Polaris Music Prize. Kwenders was nominated for the 2021 GAMIQ World EP/Album of the Year award for the project.
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