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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Charming French-Congolese singer Rene Tshiakanyi has a busy time ahead performing at various venues in and around greater Durban. Singing both in French and English, he describes his music and compositions as a mixture of classic pop; RnB; reggae and Zouk (which is a mixture of French and Caribbean music). His sound is undeniably distinctive.

Many of his songs are thoughtful and reflective – about love, emotion and passion in all its guises. Increasingly, though, his new music talks about pertinent global issues: the crisis in the Congo, the plight of refugees; the quest for peace and freedom in Africa and the need to be the voice for the voiceless victims of violence.

His debut single La presse s’efface celebrates those journalists who have given their lives in the DRC to the pursuit and ideals of media freedom. He pays tribute to other journalists around the world who feel compelled to do the same, in the pursuit of both truth and freedom of expression. He is an active ambassador for orphans and vulnerable children who are victims of the ongoing unrest and violence in Eastern Congo.

It was nominated in the UK twice as videochocwavesawards by the English magazine the NME Music. Rene Tshiakanyi is promoting his debut album, and working on his second.

On February 13, he will performing at a pre-Valentine Day’s show at the Miele showroom in Umhlanga which is part of regular event series hosted by Miele. The evening is themed “Love Is” and in their relaxed, lounge environment, guests will be treated to wonderful music and elegant food and wine. Miele Showroom can be found at 8 Solstice Road, Cnr Millennium Boulevard, ground floors Millennium Towers Umhlanga Ridge, parallel to Gateway. Tickets R250. For more information call 031 584 6929.

On Valentine’s Day (February 14) he will appear at the Pot and Kettle in Hillcrest.

On March 8 at 18h00, he will perform in a fundraiser at the Alliance Franรงaise de Durban titled Raising Voices for the DR Congo. This unplugged concert with Sandy Bigara and Sarah Jane Hills as well as guest Congolese artists aims to benefit war orphans in East Congo

This will be followed by performances at the KZNSA Gallery on March 12 from 13h00 and at the Litchi Market, North Coast, on March 16 from 09h00: