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Pierre Kwenders Premieres 'Sorry (Poirier Remix)'

Ninja Tune producer Poirier delivers a dancehall & soca-inspired remix of Pierre Kwenders' "Sorry."


Artwork & Photography by LM Chabot.

Back in October we featured Quebec-born Congolese artist Pierre Kwenders' "Mardi Gras," a highlight off his soukous-meets-electropop debut Le Dernier Empereur BantouSince then, the Montreal-based Kwenders has toured across Canada & Europe and, recently, his full-length has received a Juno Award nod for 'World Music Album of the Year.' To celebrate the nomination, Kwenders has enlisted fellow Montreal producer and Ninja Tune signee Poirier to remix LP track "Sorry," a reflective tune about forgiveness & regret "inspired by a church song that Kwenders used to sing when he was in a choir." On his remix, Poirier (who did production work on the album's "Kuna Na Goma" ft. Baloji) takes the original into bustling, dancehall & soca-inspired sonic territory. Stream our premiere of Pierre Kwenders "Sorry (Poirier Remix)" below. Le Dernier Empereur Bantou is available now on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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