Congolese-born, Montreal-based musician, songwriter, and DJ Pierre Kwenders (he/him) is a storyteller at his core. Motivated by the intricacies of love, his songs weave together narratives from memories of the past, sketches of his hometown, and reflections on the future. With his third album, José Louis and The Paradox of Love (via Arts & Crafts), Kwenders arrives at a new juncture – a moment of resonance, carefully wrapped in freewheeling tapestry, hinged in reverence to its diverse heritage, yet reveling in the inventive combination of its elements. Seamlessly working across Congolese rumba, contemporary electronic music, pop-R&B, and jazz-infused progressions with a range of global collaborators including Tendai Maraire (Shabazz Palaces), Branko (M.I.A., Buraka som Sistema), Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Michael Brun (J Balvin), and Uproot Andy (Poirier), the new album is both an embrace of African musical tradition and an evolution of it. Singing and rapping in Lingala, French, English, Tshiluba, and Kikongo, Kwenders similarly weaves his stories across the boundaries of language and geography. Written and recorded while traversing the globe with his Moonshine Collective -- holding nearly 100 lunar-based events including a Boiler Room party in his native Kinshasa or performing for COLORS in Berlin -- Kwenders has taken his Afro-electronic soirées from Los Angeles to Santiago to Paris and beyond, building a truly international grassroots community of fans and peers.
1. L.E.S. (Liberté Egalité Sagacité) (ft. Win Butler, King Britt)
2. Your Dream (feat. Ngabo)
3. No No No
4. Imparfait (feat. Sônge)
5. Papa Wemba
6. Religion désir
7. Makambo Ya Gaga
8. Heartbeat (feat. Anaïs)
12. Radio trottoir (interlude) (feat. Babel Bukasa)
13. Church (Likambo) (feat. Africa Intshiyetu Choir)
The Papa Wemba Long Sleeve Mesh T-Shirt features portraits of the iconic Congolese singer sublimated on the front and back, with quotes on the sleeves.
Fabric: 50% cotton - 50% polyester
- Made in Canada
- *Size 1(L equivalent); Size 2 (2XL equivalent)