Monday September 18, 2017

Pierre Kwenders is building a musical bridge between Africa and the rest of the world

Musician Pierre Kwenders and Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont.

Musician Pierre Kwenders and Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

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Montreal-based musician Pierre Kwenders is back with a new album. Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time is his way of building a bridge between Africa and the world as he continues to challenge perceptions of the continent, and the label "world music."

Kwenders speaks with q host Tom Power about how coming to Canada from the Congo in the early 2000s, singing in a church choir in Quebec, and taking a multi-lingual approach has influenced his artistry.

— Produced by Jean Kim