“People want something fresh,” Kenzow explained to Montreal Gazette, adding that he want to bring the swagger of the West African guitar to the city’s streets. This son of filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo plays a reggae-inspired African pop, sometimes straying into hidden corners of soukous.
A young songwriter, composer and performer from Burkina Faso, Kenzow settled in Montréal two years ago after some time in France. He can sometimes be heard playing music in the streets of Montréal or in the metro. With urban Afro-pop and reggae sounds in the West African style, Kenzow seeks to touch and move as many people as possible, regardless of their origins. This highly inspired musician spends his time seeking new sounds, often accompanied by his guitar. A son of the famous African producer Idrissa Ouedraogo, Kenzow was cradled since childhood in art and culture. In 2018, he was a finalist in the Syli d’or of world music.