|Birth name||José Louis Modabi|
|Born||October 31, 1985|
|Origin||Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
Pierre Kwenders is the stage name of José Louis Modabi (born October 31, 1985 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo), a Congolese-Canadian musician. His 2014 album Le Dernier empereur bantou was a shortlisted nominee for the Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2015, and a longlisted nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.
Kwenders, who sings and raps in English, French, Lingala and Tshiluba, is noted for blending both African music and western pop music influences, including hip hop and electronic music, into his style.
He released the EPs Whiskey & Tea and African Dream in 2013, and followed up with Le Dernier empereur bantou, his first full-length album, in 2014. He supported the album with a cross-Canada tour in 2015. His song "Mardi Gras", a collaboration with Jacques Alphonse "Jacobus" Doucet of Radio Radio, was a shortlisted nominee for the 2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize in the francophone division.
In 2018 he had his first acting role, in the film Les Salopes, or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin.
- "Pierre Kwenders sing-raps in 4 languages". Montreal Gazette, October 10, 2014.
- "Pierre Kwenders Rolls Out Canadian Tour Dates, Poirier Remix". Exclaim!, February 4, 2015.
- "Polaris Music Prize Announces 2015 Long List". Exclaim!, June 16, 2015.
- "Quand les styles se mélangent". 24 heures, October 14, 2014.
- "Cold Specks, Alvvays, Kiesza Nominated for SOCAN Songwriting Prize". Exclaim!, June 17, 2015.
- "Boogat: Neo-Reconquista". Exclaim!, May 5, 2015.
- "Pierre Kwenders is building a musical bridge between Africa and the rest of the world". Q, September 18, 2017.
- "Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2018 Short List". Exclaim!, July 17, 2018.
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