VIDEO PREMIERE: Celebrate a woman’s strength with Congolese singer Pierre Kwenders’ “Makanda”
By Sound Check
January 23, 2018
Pierre Kwenders is redefining world music. Born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and living in Montreal since he was teenager, Kwenders’ musical influence span all across the globe. Rooted in African tradition, the singer’s latest album MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time uses lyrics in four different languages, boasting a Afrocentric but global vision for the future.
His latest music video is for the titular song “Makanda,” and tells the story of the feminine energy that carried Kwenders’ through his life.
“I was raised by my Mother with the help of my Aunts and Grandmother,” Kwenders explains. “My life without that strong feminine energy would have very little meaning. This film is simply the story of a young woman working hard, training harder and fighting. I wanted to make a video about the strength of a woman. That is what Makanda is.”
Take a look at the inspirational video below, and check out the full album here!