Herléo - Valeur d'Or



World/ R&B/Latin/Afropop

Montreal
Quebec
Canada


Band Description

Born in the DRC, HERLÉO grew up in Canada. He was immersed in both cultures, listening to varied musical styles and evolving in two very different universes. This dual identity is what makes him what he is today, a Folk/Afro-Pop/World artist.

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Artist Biography

French lyrics, music flavors from all around the world and African styles rhythms. It’s different, it’s catchy and it’s unifying. This is HERLÉO!
 
HERLÉO has four albums to his credit and he has performed hundreds of shows in both, Canada and abroad. He is finalist in the 2009 Trille Or awards in four categories such as best album, best male artist, best lyricist-composer-performer and best video clip. He is recipient of the 2011 COCAN Awards price for best album. He is also finalist, in 2013, in the African Entertainment Awards of Toronto for the Best Male Artist category. Then he wins the 2014 Best Album of African diaspora of Ontario. Herléo made it again In 2015, by being nominated at the Trille Or awards for “Most Successful Franco-Ontarian Artist or Group outside the Province”.
 
HERLÉO is at a crossroad: born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and raised in Canada, he ensures resolutely his place in Canada’s music industry. Therefore, he soaked up those two cultures, listened to various styles of music and continually evolved in two very different worlds. This dual identity has made him who he is today: an artist of Folk/Afro-Pop/World music. He created a mix of North American urban music, dotted with pop influences, seasoned with flavors of world music, especially from Africa and Latin America. His innovative sounds are greeted with enthusiasm by his listeners. HERLÉO is now one of the ambassadors of French-speakers in Ontario and in Africa, where the artist is currently carving out a good place for himself.
 
HERLÉO is constantly evolving, thanks to his numerous travels around the world (Canada, Europe, Africa) but also thanks to many fascinating people he have met and worked with (Tiken Jah Fakoly, Sans Pression, Tricia Foster, François Grégoire (Kodiak), Bisso Na Bisso, Magic System, Rose Ékosso Erta, ZPN, Le R, Lexxus Legal etc.). And this is just the beginning!
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
2015:
-          HERLÉOis nominated in the Trille Or awards, in the “Most Successful Franco-Ontarian Artist or Group outside the Province” category.
-          HERLÉOl aunches the album ‘’Valeur d’Or’’ in May 2015.
2014:
-          Year of a rapid expansion for HERLÉO with his album release ‘’Réflexions‘’, in Africa, where he sets off on a continent-wide tour.
-          He receives first prize for best album of African Diaspora of Ontario
2013:
-          Third album released (Afro Pop/World) ‘’Réflexions‘’, and a countrywide tour in Canada (named after the album) for three months. It ends the 22nd of July at the international festival in Montreal,Nuits d’Afrique.
-          HERLÉO flies to Africa during three months for a series of humanitarian concerts in three different countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo and Angola.
-          He is finalist in the African Entertainment Awards in Best Male Artist category
-          He is ranked number 1 of the Canadian artists Top 10, in World Music category, on Rever Nation.
-          He is “artist of the week” in Passion Musique, a web-radio of Montreal.
-          He is ‘’ focus artist’’ of the week in Radio-Okapi, a radio station of the United Nations broadcasting in DRC and surrounding areas.
2011-2012:
-          Despite a ‘’break ‘’ of its professional activities (because he was involved in elections concerning the Congolese community in Canada), he is the recipient of first prize for best album of 2011 in the COCAN Awards, while he records his third album ‘’Réflexions‘’.
2010
-          Second album (Afro Pop/R&B), ‘’Le Lion des Bantous‘’. With this album, HERLÉO reveals a mingling of hip-pop music, scattered with pop influences and seasoned with folk music styles from all around the world. In this album one can discover various collaborations, including those with François Grégoire (Kodiak), Rose Ekosso and Erick Labson (Grammy award winner in 2009).
2009 :
-          HERLÉO is finalist in the 2009 Trille Or Awards in four categories, competing with artists like Damien Robitaille, Tricia Foster, the group Swing, Konflit Dramatik and Andrea Lindsay for best album of the year, best lyricist-composer-performer, best male artist, and best video clip.
-          He offers a noteworthy performance with the Group Swing.
-          He set off on a countrywide tour. He does the first part of Magic System concert
-          He is also invited to support the group Bisso na Bisso
-          He decides to cast off the R-Léo cloak to become HERLÉO.
2008:
-          Digital release of the album ‘’R-Léo‘’
2007:
-          Physical release of his first album (R&B/Hip-Hop), ‘’R-Léo‘’.
-          The song Poli-Fric featuring Tricia Foster rockets to the top of the charts. His album is greeted with enthusiasm by Medias. Thanks to this recording, he makes his full entry to Canada’s musical world. 
 

Press Release
 
 
 
Montréal, the 1st of Mai 2015 – VALEUR D’OR is the name of HERLÉO’s new album that contains thirteen original songs, each of them more melodious than the last. The album, VALEUR D’OR, is definitely an ode to love, central idea of this fourth opus from HERLÉO, available May 16. All of HERLÉO comes together through the thirteen pieces of VALEUR D’OR, and you will feel how complete he became. He is going back and forth between completely different styles in order to give us this world album, with Afro and Latino influences.
The first single, Zoba, is written entirely (music and lyrics) by HERLÉO. It is a festive and unifying song with a committed text as is usual with HERLÉO . Indeed, it denounces various ills that affect Congolese society, his native country, and raises his compatriots for a change of mentality
This first song kicks off HERLÉO’s album VALEUR D’ORVALEUR D’OR is a joyful and relaxed album, where love is celebrated in different ways by its lyricist-composer-performer.
Directed by Raymond Kashiba, this fourth opus, with folk/Afro pop flavor, is way less political and much more social. This tendency is reflected in the song ENFANT SORCIER (that brings out the child abuse phenomenon, very common in Africa); a title written during a writing and inspirational trip in Africa, like all songs of the album.  Furthermore, HERLÉO’s fans will discover a brand new www.herleo.net, revamped to be simple but efficient, where they can have updates on the artist’s world.
In Canada, the album will be only available in digital version. Only 2000 physical editions will be on sale, after the artist’s shows. Everywhere abroad it will also be in digital version, except in some major Capitals in Africa, where VALEUR D’OR will be launched. It is also the first album since his recent signing with American record label, Sugo Music
HERLÉO will be available for sale on May 12 and its official release will be on June 14 in Montreal and in Quebec City on June 28.
HERLÉO is available for some interviews. If you have any questions, or you would like to set up an interview, please contact his press secretary.
 
About Herléo:
He has four albums to his credit and he has performed hundreds of shows in both, Canada and abroad. He is finalist in the 2009 Trille Or awards in four categories such as best album, best male artist, best lyricist-composer-performer and best video clip. He is recipient of the 2011 COCAN Awards price for best album. He is also finalist, in 2013, in the African Entertainment Awards of Toronto for the Best Male Artist category. Then he wins the 2014 Best Album of African diaspora of Ontario. Herléo made it again In 2015, by being nominated at the Trille Or awards for “Most Successful Franco-Ontarian Artist or Group outside the Province”.
 
 
 


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