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“I still hear people in my family telling me that I was a failure”

“I still hear people in my family telling me that I was a failure”

From the height of her meter seventy-six, she casts a benevolent gaze on her team. The one who calls herself Lous and the Yakuza (i.e. the association of the verlan of soul and the famous Japanese gang) asks her ” baby “ collaborator if she has eaten well, continues her conversation on the phone with her manager at the same time, then follows her little troop to a café in the center of Paris.

The Belgian-Congolese singer, who publishes her second album on November 11, Iotajust finished a photoshoot, one of the ones that went well, that she didn’t have to cut short because someone on set was making sexist comments: “It happened to me more than once,” says the former model. “I don’t let anything pass, either we take out the pig who made these comments or I stop. I have this luxury, now it’s all about me, I can afford it. »

“Being black and being a woman is not what defines me the most in life. It’s even details: having a vagina and melanin. » Lous and the Yakuza

Indeed, muse of the Louis Vuitton house, decorator of a building in Brussels, singer-songwriter produced by El Guincho, the producer of Spanish star Rosaliathe singer toured the stages of Europe and the United States all summer long, either solo or opening for Alicia Keys, Coldplay and Gorillaz. She is in the big leagues and intends to stay there.

Lous and the Yakuza is told in her own language, a mixture of sustained French and raw words that fall like slaps. She speaks as she writes her songs, pop and soul choruses and slamming rap verses, bringing out all her anger and sadness: “I can’t express this energy other than with rap”she almost apologizes.

Homeless at 20

The 26-year-old young woman, daughter of a Congolese and a Rwandan, looks back on her journey. She had made her identity as a black woman the fights of her first album Blood, this will not be the case for the second: I’ve always known it, but being black and being a woman is not what defines me the most in life. It’s even details: having a vagina and melanin. Rare are the days when I think about it. Granted, the company constantly throws it back at me, but I feel like I said everything I had to say. Now, we have to apply to make that change. First by using writing to report what she went through on the street in 2017the people she met there.

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