Espoir Dekin is a singer-songwriter from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who specialises in Congolese music, Rhumba, and Afrobeat.

After living three years in London, he began his musical career at The Collective, organised by You Press, a programme dedicated to help aspiring music artists create socially conscious music.

As a member of The Collective’s 2018 class, Espoir learned how to spread his message of love and peace with the help of the programme’s music leaders, culminating in a studio recording of his track and a live performance.

The 2018 Collective occurred over a 15-week period and was comprised of 15 artists, ranging from 16-25, from diverse backgrounds, who came together to share their experiences through music.

“The Collective was an opportunity for me, and for other young artists, to show their talents and get help in finding my voice,” he said.

Usually singing about world conflict and conflict in his country, Espoir has continued to make music, releasing a new single, “Yo Bongo Na Nga,” and music video.

The Collective’s 2019 class is currently undergoing the musical training they need for their performance on 7 June at Rich Mix London.

“Performing for the first time in front of a crowd of people was scary,” Espoir said. “But being able to listen to and share music is so important.”

The performance will start at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased here.

“I am so thankful for this experience,” he said. “I would encourage everyone interested to be a part of The Collective.”

Espoir plans on continuing to make music, hoping to further his positive messages while spreading his passion for music and The Collective.

“If someone is interested they are welcome,” he said. “This is a great space for them to pursue their talents and become a better artist.”

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