Meet Lous and the yakuza



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What’s some background information about yourself that you don’t mind sharing with our readers?

I’m 21 years old, I’m from Rwanda and Congo. My off-stage name is “Marie-Pierra Kakoma” and I was born in Congo, Lubumbashi and I’ve lived in Congo obviously and also Zambia, Belgium, and Rwanda.

I have two gorgeous sisters and one amazing brother

When did your love of music begin?

It arrived so early when I was a little girl, I can’t remember really. I could never describe what music did to my soul as a child because it felt so unreal, so powerful. Music was like a dream full of beautiful flowers if that makes sense

Lousandtheyakuza, how did you come up with your name?

“Lous” is the word “Soul” backwards. My music is the language of my soul, I think if souls could speak, that’s the kind of sound they will do. They will sound like precious melodies…

And “Yakuza” stands for all the people who help me create my music. I feel like giving them credits directly in my name because those people (beatmakers, musicians, engineers, studio owners, managers, assistants, etc…) are the reason why music can go from my little notebook to everybody’s ears. And I could never thank them enough. And I also chose the word “Yakuza” and not another one because I’m addicted to Japanese culture and I’ve always ended up working with the most strange people and they sometimes have the aspect of gangsters ha-ha

Who does your album artwork?

So many people tried to send me art their work of what could be the album cover but I haven’t find the right one yet. And I think I’ll be working more with photographers than actual graphic designers for this album cover.

What’s in the near future for Lousandtheyakuza?

I’m working on tape with one of my friends at the moment, and I’m probably going to put out that tape before my album. And I still have no exact date for my album but it’s probably going to be dropped in early 2018.

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you’re uninspired?

I’m writing at least 10 songs a week, even when I’m not in the mood (which happens once every then decade), I kind of force myself to. And that exercise has kept me inspired all these years. Sometimes I don’t write songs really but I write, like, letters maybe to myself, or my lovers or I write books. It’s just that writing is something I enjoy so much and that makes me feel so good, I don’t really have a problem staying inspired, because all of my music talks about things that happened to me in the past of things I would like to have in the future or my family, my lovers, my… It’s always about something around or inside of me, so it’s easy to write about things for me, I just have to open my eyes or close them and see what’s going on inside and out.

How would you best describe your genre of music? 

I will describe it as “Music I like” because I do so much different type of music; I do French pop, Trap, Hip hop, Traditional, Acoustic, Tripop, RnB, Soul, Blues, Rock N Roll, Korean pop, Funk music, etc. I enjoy all kind of music in the world and I don’t want to get in one box at the moment really, I just want to feel free and create so I don’t push myself in one or another category.

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What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you while working on a song?

I think it’s the “crying thing” that I have. I keep on crying over and over when I write songs about love. Because I feel like I’ve been hurt so much and my heart is broken and sometimes I wonder if I will fix it one day. And that makes me cry every time. I’m also very sensitive ha-ha… So it’s not really hard for me to cry, but I only cry when I’m alone, far away from human beings.

Outside of music, what else do you like to do in your spare time? 

I mostly paint and write books. I love drawing and mixing the colours together. It gives me peace and I need peace. And sometimes I also model a little bit, and I take my friends to eat, that’s what I love the most. Just enjoying my friends and my people as much as I can, because I’m always very busy, I’m kind of the ghost of every group of friends that I’ve been in since forever. I always working on music, so I’m stuck in the studio, or on stage and it’s hard to be friend with me because I never have time to even call or text back so for those who are still there, understanding my situation, I’m really grateful for them.

As a young black girl creative, why is representation important to you? 

Because of all the humans’ matter. I think we should all feel free to showcase our love for our self and our traditions and culture. I’m happy when I see Asian with something they can call their own, same for Africans, blue people, red people, old people, etc… I just feel comfortable around people who are proud of themselves and where they come from. I don’t put myself in any box as I said before, I am a “young black creative” for sure, but I prefer to be just ”Lous” and not define myself with the amount of melanin that lives inside my skin. I will always defend black people’s rights and values but I will defend with the same rage white’s people rights and values. We are all equals, that’s what I stand for every day.

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Shema Abdoul
Shema Abdoul

Shema Abdoul is a creative currently residing in Kigali, he loves exploring new culture. He is motto is to always be true to yourself and others around you.