Tresor to sing for human rights


Award-winning musician and South Africa-based Congolese Tresor is set to rock at the three-day Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival taking place from 23 to 25 March. He chats to us about the importance of celebrating Human Rights Day.
By Fundiswa Nkwanyana

I’m a proudly African musician. My quest is to revive the glory days of African pop music and continue creating music that has a reach across the globe. I explore human experiences through songs about love, harmony, freedom, humanity, faith and sex. This is because they are all part of our life journey.

Human Rights Day is an emotional day for me. It reminds me of all the fallen heroes who sacrificed for others’ freedom. I’m grateful that they were brave and selfless. It’s still a painful reminder that we need to keep going and never forget that we owe our freedom and lives to our fallen heroes. I hope that we follow in their footsteps and live selflessly for the generations to come.

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I’m honoured to perform at a festival that commemorates Human Rights Day. We need to continue honouring and remembering our fallen heroes, so this performance is special to me. I’ll be performing old and new songs, and can’t wait to celebrate with my people. I’m excited to be part of a festival that will include music, social activism, film, poetry, a book fair and workshops.

I plan to continue empowering young African talent. As Africans, we have a lot to offer and I want to be one of the people that help showcase what we are capable of to the world. I’m also finalising albums by Bonj and Batundi who are my first two artists.

Catch up with Tresor at the inaugural three-day festival which will take place at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg from Friday to Sunday. Entrance is free.