By: Natasha Archary
South African-based artist Tresor has reached a new height in his career and deserves a standing ovation for his impressive collaboration on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy.
After a volcanic eruption destroyed his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tresor Riziki searched for a fresh start in a new country and landed on SA shores.
Collaborating with Nigerian artist Tems, Tresor had the opportunity to write and produce one of Drake’s hit tracks of CLB, Fountains.
He shared with DJ Keyez that it was an experience of a lifetime to have been recognised by the international hip hop star, “Drake’s team Ovo Sound reached out and it was a very organic process. The music went back and forth until we nailed the final edit.”
“The song was done at our @Jacquelmusicgroup studios in Johannesburg with production contribution from one of our talents @Batundimusic. I started this company with a vision to take distinct African music to the world and it’s truly a great feeling to see the vision coming alive.”
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Apart from his certified success on Fountains, the DRC national has a new single out featuring Da Capo and Sun-EL Musician titled, Lighthouse.
“Lighthouse is one of my favourite songs. It was missing something and I knew it needed the Sun-EL flare on it and that’s how Lighthouse was complete. It’s a celebration of life and I’m so excited for you all to hear it.”
His international influence has seen him work with one of the biggest American heavy-metal bands, Metallica, on an exclusive version of “Nothing Else Matters.”
Speaking about this project, Tresor said, “It was a project Universal Global set up a few months and it’s been such a blessing and honour to be a part of the band’s album. The response has been amazing.”
Apart from international projects, there’s also Makosa with Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa. Basically, Tresor is dominating every space within the music industry and delivering a unique, new-age sound with distinct lyrics that evoke emotions.
Listen to the full interview with Tresor on The Ultimate Kaya 959 Top 30 with DJ Keyez: