Sentiment is the first single off the EP Classe Tendresse, a collaborative effort from Pierre Kwenders and Clément Bazin, to be released on October 23rd via Bonsound (Canada and USA) and Nowadays (rest of world).
For Pierre Kwenders, this first release is a love letter to Africa that plunges us in a universe of smiling melancholy and nostalgic longing.
With Sentiment, the Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter wanted to pay tribute to all the big cities that make the Mother Continent shine. He also wished to honour some important personalities that are no longer with us, especially Manu Dibango, Cameroonian saxophonist and singer, an African-jazz music icon who passed in March 2020 from Covid-19, as well as DJ Arafat, Ivorian DJ and singer who died in a road accident just a year ago. The latter was known as the “King of the coupé-décalé”, in reference to the popular Ivorian musical genre, recognized for its impactful style and its typically African rhythms, marked by deep bass and repetitive, minimalistic arrangements.
It’s my love anthem with a prompt to “coupé décalé” carried by a simple message: One Love, Moko feeling!, says Pierre Kwenders of the song. Adds Clément Bazin: I have nothing else to say besides that “Allô Dakar, ici Brazza, qu’est ce qu’on s’amuse à Kinshasa” is the best opening line that I’ve ever heard.
For Clément Bazin, every song needs to start with a series of chords that instantly make you feel something and communicate a vivid impression, an emotion that will frame the rest of the production. Once the beat had been created by Clément, Pierre let this Moko feeling unfold throughout the song, its full magnitude being deployed with the repetition of Sentiment right until the last part of the song, when the harmony changes to make room for a real lyrical and sentimental flight, strong enough to make everything whirl.
The EP Classe Tendresse will feature four original songs, recalling one’s journey through life, from childhood to old age. Through these songs, the listener will be transported both by the sweetness of nostalgia that attempts to cure homesickness and the turmoil caused by harsh, heartbreaking goodbyes, but also by the recognition of how blessed one can be by the love they hold for their homeland and their brothers and sisters. All in the hopes of finding each other again and, ultimately, starting all over.
Born in Kinshasa and settled in Montréal since 2001, Pierre Kwenders learned music and found his voice in a catholic choir in the city. With his two EPs and two full-length records, the singer-songwriter has earned multiple awards at the ADISQ Gala (World Music Album of the Year, Video of the Year), and a nomination on the Polaris Music Prize short list. Passionate about offering music without borders, he’s also one of the founders of Moonshine, a collective that throws some of the best afro and electronic music parties around the world.
Born and raised in Paris, Clément Bazin fell in love with music hard and fast at a young age, when he happened upon a steelpan, a melodic idiophone percussion instrument from Trinidad and Tobago, an art and culture that he’s kept close ever since. He later toured with artists such as Wookid as a live musician, and produced and released three solo EPs and a full-length album, Everything Matters in 2018. His collaboration with Pierre Kwenders for the EP Classe Tendresse is a logical continuation of his artistic evolution.