TRESOR (French for “treasure” and pronounced “Trezor”) is multi award winning and platinum selling 2015 breakout singer-songwriter & producer signed to the legendary record label Sony RCA in Africa and Ultra Records globally (Ultra records is home to Avicii, Calvin Harris,Deadmaus just to name a few). Trésor’s first language is Music but he is also fluent in English, French and Swahili. His songs reflect a peregrine of life shared by so many on the continent of Africa, but few are able to express their experiences in a way that captures the ear so universally and directly. Orphaned at an early age, he left Goma in the Eastern DRC after finishing high school and headed for Durban in 2007 with the sole purpose of pursuing a professional music career. It was a new world for a small town boy, having to learn English in a short space of time.
Despite the challenges, Trésor managed to survive earning a living working both as car guard by day and security guard by night. In between the two jobs he managed to hustle his way into the local Durban music scene, linking up with local musicians and music makers and quickly making a name for himself. He co-founded Durban afro-fusion band Maisha in 2008 and was soon playing alongside the likes of Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freshly Ground, Jesse Clegg, Prime Circle and Johnny Clegg just to name a few. He was chosen by Intercontinental Hotels Group and Rolling Stone Magazine Africa as the winner of 2012 Holiday Inn Songwriting Challenge.
TRESOR released his debut album, VII in September last year. The album – which he has worked on for the past seven years – features collaborations with AKA, Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and The Soil. VII opened at number 2 on the iTunes Albums Chart in South Africa. TRESOR’s Mount Everest (Freddy Verano Remix) music video, a NUMBER ONEairplay hit in Italy and a song that reached number one on the Global Shazam trending list, has reached over 1,000,000 views online.