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Prince Yannick


Biography :

Born in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Prince Yannick Zenith is a musician of the Congolese diaspora. He began his career very early as a drummer. He acquired a taste for music from his father, who was a great fan of soul, reggae, jazz and funk. In the early 1990s, Prince Yannick put together a rap group with his friends. Soon after that, while he was studying at the Institut National des Arts, his hidden talents were revealed, including his talent as a drummer. He created the Virunga band, which would later become Planète Élégance.

Early in 2000, he joined King Kester Emeneya’s group Victoria Eleison. This was where began his professional career. In 2007, he took part in the recording of the album Le jour le plus long. The album was a runaway success in Kinshasa. This gave the musician the opportunity to travel around the world and to perform with Victoria Eleison in various venues such as the Olympia and the Zenith in Paris, the Palais des Congrès in Montreuil, various stadiums in Africa and several festivals in Europe and Canada.

Prince Yannick developed his talent as a singer simultaneously. This took over the career of the former drummer with the late Kester Emeneya. He embarked on a solo career, with a rather eclectic musical world influenced by styles such as Afro house, reggae, zouk, R&B, soul and pop.

The public may recall his YouTube appearance on July 1, 2014, rebroadcast on Molière TV in Kinshasa, announcing the release of the single Fiesta. On September 30, 2015, he was a guest of the Télé 50 private television channel. On June 15, 2016, he was a guest on the “Afronight” show on the Télésud channel. On August 28, 2016, he was a guest on Digital Congo TV, a private channel broadcasting in Kinshasa, for the show “Cité des stars.” Up to now, Prince Yannick has brought out three singles: Fiesta in 2014, Ameka in 2015 and Yaka in 2016.

Prince Yannick


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