Pierre Kwenders has gained the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, which is offered yearly to Canada’s finest album of the yr by a jury of journalists and broadcasters. The Congolese-Canadian artist’s José Louis and The Paradox of Love was chosen over albums reminiscent of Charlotte Day Wilson’s ALPHA, Destroyer’s LABYRINTHITIS, Lisa Leblanc’s Chiac Disco, and Ouri’s Body of a Fauna. The win comes with a $50,000 prize.
“That is for all the children from the diaspora, the African diaspora, transferring in Canada,” Kwenders mentioned in an announcement. “Generally you’re feeling such as you don’t know what you’re working into, or what you’re coming into. However there may be hope, there’s a place to dwell and dream and be your self. This album, particularly, is about being your self and telling your individual story. José Louis And The Paradox Of Love is there for you, you recognize, in the event you really feel you may join, join! Let’s discuss! Let’s have enjoyable! Let’s be ourselves! Let’s love one another, whereas we’re alive. Bisou!”
Final yr’s Polaris Prize winner was Cadence Weapon.