VIDEO: Pierre Kwenders – Sorry

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Congolese artist Pierre Kwenders landed on our radar with last year’s Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, an album that crafted electropop songs out of elements of Congolese rumba (or soukous) and modern beat programming — and earned Kwenders a Juno Awards nomination.

In the video for his latest single “Sorry,” the Quebec-based songwriter pays tribute to the pioneers of Congolese rumba with a recycled footage collage made up of performance videos from Tabu Ley Rochereau, Franco Luambo Makiadi, TPOK Jazz, Sam Mangwana and others.

The lyric video, co-directed by NOMAD, is a pretty fitting reflection of Kwenders’ varied, distorted, and contemporary reinterpretation of the sounds of those DRC legends through his own artistic lens. We spoke with Pierre Kwenders via e-mail to discuss the background of “Sorry” and his Congolese influences.

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Oghene Michael

Oghene Michael

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