Tressor talks Nostalgia

Reviving the glory of African pop music

12 April 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Tressor, a Congolese-born artist based in South Africa released his third studio album earlier this year. He described Nostalgia as a re-imagination of his childhood through music. “I wanted to let people know how I grew up and the music that inspired me when I was young,” said Tressor.

With Nostalgia, Tressor mentioned that he dipped and dabbled into the iconic 80s disco music from all facets of the world through some of his inspirations, including the late Hugh Masekela, Khadjah Nin and Papa Wemba, just to mention a few. “This music is a definition of my musical roots and my own interpretation of it. It is my nod to music and it will be able to take people back into the sounds I grew up listening to. I always try to swim upstream when it comes to my craft,” he said, adding that the African sound is vast and it does not have to sound a certain way all the time.

He told tjil that he prides himself in the fact that he stays true to the arts and he is able to create what he feels. The next single lifted off Nostalgia is Sondela which features Msaki and it drops today. “We are struggling to pick singles from the album because we have so many choices. I am just glad the album is packed with different singles for different markets. It is doing well in southern Africa, Nigeria, Europe and Japan,” shared Tressor. He also took some of the current leading music shapers in Africa along with him to produce world-class collaborations, creating sounds of the world on his global cuisine that he is serving the world. Nostalgia features The Soil, Sauti Sol, Mafikizolo, AKA, Kwesta, Msaki and Lokua Kanza. In other news, another Universal Music Africa artist DJ Mshega spoke to tjil about his latest single How Do You Feel, which features Zion from Liquideep. DJ Mshega describes the single as one of the most special records he has made. “I have always wanted to work with Zion even before I started making music. I made the beat with Zion in mind and I am glad how the final song came together,” said DJ Mshega. DJ Mshega announced that he is working on his next body of work which feature Lady Zamar and DJ Tira and it is scheduled for release mid-year.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE