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Sunday, May 5, 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 U.K twice as videochocwavesawards by the English magazine the NME Music. Rene Tshiakanyi is promoting his debut album, and working on his second.

Forthcoming dates include:

May 18 - noon until 14h00: The Market, Marriott Road
May 19 - 13h00 to 15h00: KZNSA Gallery
May 26 – 11h00 to 15h00: Pot and Kettle, Hillcrest