WHO IS TRESOR?
Tresor is a multi-award winning and platinum selling singer/songwriter and producer signed on to record label Sony RCA in Africa and Ultra Records globally. His highly awaited sophomore album, “The Beautiful Madness” was released worldwide in May 2017, with the first single off the album, Remedy, making massive waves. He makes his debut on Coke Studio Africa, paired alongside Cameroonian singer Locko.
Tresor’s journey took him from his hometown of Goma, DRC to Durban, South Africa where he went to pursue professional music. While in Durban, he linked up with various musicians and co-founded the Durban Afro-Fusion band Maisha in 2008. Soon after, he started playing alongside top South African acts like Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freshly Ground, Jesse Clegg and Prime Circle. His debut album, “VII” was released in 2015. The album – which he worked on for seven years - featured collaborations with AKA, Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and The Soil. VII opened at number 2 on the iTunes Albums Chart in South Africa. The track Mount Everest (Freddy Verano Remix) became a number one airplay hit in Italy and reached number one on the Global Shazam trending list, quickly surpassing over 1,000,000 (1 Million) views online after its release.
SETTING FOOT IN THE AFRICAN MUSIC SCENE
Having written songs for Idols South Africa, Heavy K and many other established South African acts like Zahara, Tresor has been recognized for his skill in writing and producing songs. Some of his achievements include partnering with VTH SEASON and Universal Music on a 7 figure multi-year record deal. His two singles Mount Everest and Never Let Me Go were both number one single dance songs in the Italy iTunes. He won Best Pop Album at the South African Music Awards for his VII album. Among other global stars, Tresor has also shared a stage with international legend Seal.
HIS LIFE STORY
Orphaned at an early age, Tresor completed his high school in Goma, Eastern DRC before leaving for Durban in 2007 with the aim of pursuing a professional career in music. Despite the challenges he faced like the language barrier, the singer taught himself English and got odd jobs to survive - working at a car wash by day and being a security guard by night. In between jobs he managed to hustle his way into the local Durban music scene where he linked up with local musicians and music makers and thereby built his brand. From then on his career has been on an upward trend. He has been touted by GQ as one of Africa’s best song writing talents.