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Teme Tan. Photo: Miko/Miko Studio.

Témé Tan's 'Champion' Is The Dose Of Positive Energy You Need

The Belgian-Congolese artist and his band head to the DRC's Amani Festival in this new music video.

Témé Tan, is the musical project of Belgian-Congolese producer Tanguy Haesevoets, who first landed on our radar last year with excellent tracks like "Améthys" and "Ça Va Pas La Tête." The artist's sound plays like an uplifting, kaleidoscopic reflection of his multicultural upbringing between Brussels and Kinshasa.

Témé Tan is now premiering his new music video for "Champion," a reverberating dose of positive energy, which sees him performing at the Democratic Republic of Congo's Amani Festival and collaborating with Congolese musicians.


"In February, I was invited to perform in Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo," Teme Tan writes. "The Amani Festival is the biggest music festival of central Africa, dedicated to promoting peace (Amani in Swahili), culture and entrepreneurship. It gathers people from all over the region of the African Great Lakes."


"During those 3 days, thousands of people celebrate unity far away from the conflicts which the media usually focus on. I took the opportunity to work with local musicians: Héritier Kandeke, Elikya Kakule, Ali Kubuya, Lwanzo Semivumbi and Benji Kasayi. For two weeks we got to learn about one another as we were rehearsing my songs for the coming concert."

"I can hardly express how deeply touched I was by this whole experience. Part of my roots are in Congo and I am forever linked to its culture and landscapes. Congolese people are going through a crucial transition in the history of the country. With this video I want to send them my love and support."

Watch out premiere of "Champion" below and see his current tour dates underneath. For more, revisit our interview with Témé Tan about his debut album.

TÉMÉ TAN TOUR DATES

26/04 - Effenaar - Eindhoven - NL

27/04 - Bouge B @ De Singel - Antwerpen - BE

28/04 - Schoolrock - Kontich - BE

29/04 - Les Nuits Botanique - BE

03/05 - Hangtime - Marseille - FR

05/05 - Aralunaires - Arlon - BE

09/05 - L'Eden - Charleroi - BE

13/05 - Mama's Pride - Geleen - NL

19/05 - Wakana Lake Festival - Andalousie - ES

08/06 - Festival l'Edition - Marseille - FR

16/06 - Luciol In The Sky - Charnay-lès-Mâcon - FR

22/06 - Solidays - Paris - FR

25/06 - INmusic - Zagreb - CRO

29/06 - Demon d'Or Festival - Poleymieux Au Mont d'Or - FR

30/06 - Couleur Café - Bruxelles - BE

06/07 - Les Ardentes - Liège - BE

21/07 - Stimmen Festival - Lorrach - DE

04/08 - Ronquières Festival - Ronquières - BE

14/08 - Sziget Festival - Budapest - HU

27/09 - La Maroquinerie - Paris - FR

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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