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Spotlight: Tresor

In this week’s edition of our Spotlight series, we’re drawing your attention towards DRC-born artist Tresor.

Sam Ilori
  • By Sam Ilori
  • 28 May 2021
  • min read

There are few people you will come across in this lifetime that have navigated their way to success in the way Tresor has. From fleeing a war-torn country as a small-town boy, to arriving as a refugee in South Africa with ambitions of pursuing a professional music career, Tresor is the true embodiment of never allowing one’s situation to get the best of them.

With a growing fan base already in the UK, Japan, Italy and Mexico, it’s only a matter of time before the name Tresor becomes recognised in every household across the globe.

Read all about him.

Who?

Tresor (French for 'treasure' and pronounced 'Trezor')

What?

Afro-pop

From where?

Democratic Republic of the Congo

What’s the story?

Tresor was born in 1987 as one of eight siblings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As he grew, so did the state of turmoil in Congo which resulted in him being orphaned by the age of 17 and leaving home three years later, after graduating from high school.

Early on, his love of music developed amidst moving from one childcare centre to the next and learning how to play instruments whilst there. He listened to the likes of Papa Wemba, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, all of whom would later serve as inspiration as his own music career blossomed.

It was not an easy road into the music industry as Tresor would come to realise. He spent almost six months walking through several countries, forests, crossing rivers and arrived as a young refugee in Durban, South Africa by the end of 2008. Moving to such a populated place from the small town he was accustomed to was not an easy adjustment and Tresor was tasked with learning English in a short space of time to survive.

Despite the challenges, he started working both as car parking attendant by day and security guard by night. Impressively, in between balancing two jobs, he managed to hustle his way into the local Durban music scene and linked up with local musicians before pivoting and quickly making a name for himself.

Over the years, Tresor has accumulated numerous accolades within the music industry which include the release of six studio albums between the years 2015 to 2021, winning best pop album at the South African Music Awards in 2016, 2018 and 2019, and becoming an ambassador for both Nelson Mandela Children Fund and The United Refugee Agency advocating for refugees rights. 

As he continues to spearhead pop in Africa, the multi-award-winning singer and song writer Tresor, is set to take the world by storm.

Sounds like?

A great time

Predicted to?

Make music that lifts spirits

Must hear?

Folasade, Silale and Funu. Watch the official videos below.