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Fridays at the Fourth

Francophone Music Singer/Songwriter Hip-hop
  • #CanadaPerforms
  • NAC Popular Music and Variety

  Oct 21, 2022 - 8:30 PM EDT

It was through slam and rap that Kimya developed his passion for performing.

Originally from Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he moved to Ottawa in 2004. Quickly attracted to several creative sectors, Kimya immersed himself in visual art, breakdance and photography, all of which he used to express his vivid creative vision. He soon discovered a love of words and writing, and his first texts were born.

Attracted by new horizons, Kimya moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2014. Returning to Ottawa in 2015, he seized every opportunity to perfect his art. In 2016, he performed at La Nouvelle Scène and at the Festival Franco-Ontarien as the winner of the third edition of the Rond Point project organized by the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique.

Through his poetry, Kimya constructs a universe where life experiences, dreams, and the desire to build a free and peaceful world are intertwined. He was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Festival international de la chanson de Granby; that same year he launched his first EP, Or & Flamme, which won the 2019 Trille Or award in the “Discovery” category.

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