Stromae releases ‘Multitude’, first album since 2013 | The new times

BELGIAN-RWANDAN ARTIST Stromae, whose real name is Paul Van Haver, has just released his third recorded album after almost 10 years without making music.

The 12-track album was composed by Stromae, produced by his creative label Mosaert, and includes previously released tracks like “Santé” and “L’enfer”.

Speaking to the famous American magazine Rolling Stone, Stromae revealed that he disappeared from the spotlight due to depression and suicidal thoughts.

The Papaoute hitmaker also highlighted his past in one of the album’s tracks called “L’Enfer”, which explores themes of loneliness and depression and reveals Stromae’s suicidal thoughts in the past.

“I have a competitive side, even if I’m more subdued than before. I see Billie Eilish, Aya Nakamura, Adele making mega hits, and I want to try to do the same, up to . It’s ego” he said in an interview with France 24 explaining the reason for his return.

He also noted that this album was produced in a way to help people struggling with different issues including depression and suicidal thoughts.

The release of ‘Multitude’ will be followed by a world tour which will begin at Coachella on April 16 and 23 and will continue in other cities such as Montreal, Washington DC, Vancouver, New York among many others.

The dates of the Multitude tour in Africa have not yet been revealed, but the Belgian-Rwandan artist is expected to do another concert back in Rwanda through this tour.

Stromae’s previous projects have been in the EDM genre, but this time the album is broader, embracing electro, Persian and Chinese flute, Peruvian guitars, Afro sounds from South Africa and much more. .

Other tracks on the album include “Undefeated”, “Son of Joy”, “My Love”, “Not Really”, “The Solassitude”, “Bad Day”, “Good Day”, “Declaration”, “C is only happiness” and “Laugh”.

The 36-year-old artist is among the few Rwandan artists who have achieved international recognition and made it to big stages like the 2015 Coachella festival where he performed alongside celebrities like Kanye West.

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