Tresor shares his remarkable life story
Johannesburg- Tresor is proof that hard work, determination and courage certainly pays off.
Tresor, who was born in the DRC, has gone from working as a car guard, to collaborating with AKA, Khuli Chana, The Soil and Beatenberg.
But it definitely wasn't an easy journey for him.
Taking to Instagram, he shared heart-wrenching details of his life as child in the DRC, and how he travelled by foot, train and buses across Africa to find his home in SA.
The musician hopes by sharing his story it will motivate others. In his Insta post, he described how he lost both his parents at 17-years-old, which divided his family.
"I saw the Rwandan genocide aftermath unfold before my eyes. When I took a leap of faith in 2007 and decided to travel through Africa, I nearly lost my life many times. I even crossed a crocodile infested river and walked crazy African wild parks. I was so young and this fire within was pushing me to do things I didn't believe I had in me," he wrote.
And, after all those hardships and seven years later, Tresor's dreams have finally become a reality.
Today Tresor's music has been released around the globe by all the biggest labels including Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment and he has just sealed a worldwide deal with Ultra Records.
The musician added that it is all still a shock to him that he is living this dream.
Read Tresor's full post here...
Here's my story,maybe someone needs it. This dream ain't mine. I grew up in War.Born in a war torn country DRC.I come from a small beautiful city at heart of Africa called Goma. I am from a region often classified as the worst living place for women because of rape % and human atrocities. I saw the Rwandan genocide aftermath unfold before my eyes.Goma was ravaged by a volcano eruption and we lost everything in 2001. Lost both parents when I was 17 in 2003.My family was divided among relatives so we could survive.In 2007, I took a major leap of Faith on my own and travelled throughout Africa by foot,car and train.I even crossed a crocodile infested river and walked crazy African wild parks.I nearly lost my life many times.I was so young and this fire within was pushing me to do things I didn't believe I had in me.Something happened in me after the death of my parents,I was very sad but suddenly I became fearless. After a long and hard 3 month journey through Africa, I arrived in Durban South Africa end of 2007.I was met with love and care from strangers both Congolese and South African.I worked as a car guard and security guard in the city.Life was very hard and the nights were very cold.My pride was broken.I tasted what it is like to be at the end of the rope.I kept going.Learned how to speak English so I could write pop songs.Fast forward 7 years later I have a debut album in stores throughout South Africa.Today my music has been released around the globe by all the biggest labels in the world (Universal Music Group,Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment) and we just sealed a worldwide deal with Ultra Records! I am still shocked though I worked hard and pushed for it,it's still a blessing to live this dream.Everyday, I work with people I always dreamed of working with. In my eyes, I am still the same young man from a small city with big dreams only armed with faith and hope though I have started to believe, this dream ain't just mine alone.I believe,I've been chosen to carry it for the future Kings and Queens. For kids from Africa and around the world born in war torn countries and living with broken dreams.This dream ain't just mine #AfricaRising