Whom or what inspires your sound?
When I write a song, it’s always about a feeling I had, something that moves me. It can be something that I lived, saw or heard. I wanted my album to be sincere and true to who I am. That’s why I felt the need to write in the first place, because I’m quite shy so it’s a way to express myself with something more than words.
What are some overarching themes and messages on your debut EP, Hope?
I listen to a lot of African Music – Fela Kuti, Oumou Sangare, Miriam Makeba, etc. What all of those musicians have in common is this anger for freedom. So I think it inspired me a lot in my own writing. ‘Come’ is one of the first songs I wrote, when my friends moved out of Congo, I wanted to bring them back by my side. ‘Makeba’ is a song dedicated to Miriam Makeba, the South African singer whom I admire. ‘Hope’ is one of the first songs I wrote in Paris, I felt the need to make an optimistic song in a world eaten by fear. And ‘City’ is about Pointe Noire, a little town in Congo, it’s where I’m musically born. So there’s a lot of different themes and in each of them I’m trying to put some hope in it.