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Debut album with royal backing

 
March 10th 2011
 


A former rough sleeper has released his debut album with a little help from HRH Prince William. Tresor Kiambu, 21, performed a song for HRH during a royal visit to the Centrepoint hostel in Soho back in December 2009. Prince William had been serving breakfast at the hostel after spending the night sleeping under Blackfriars Bridge to highlight the difficulties of sleeping rough in London.

Talking about performing for HRH, the young musician said: "He definitely inspired me. When I went back to my room I had some new ideas." Kiambu, who performs under the name Tres B, came to the UK as a child, having been orphaned during the civil war in the Congo. He moved from hostel to hostel but struggled with alcohol problems, before being put in touch with Centrepoint. He describes the homeless charity as his "family." Tres B, whose sound fuses African folk, hip-hop and soul, has performed at music festivals such as the Big Chill in Herefordshire and played alongside American blues band the Black Keys. The track Kiambu performed for Prince William is called Best Friend and can be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon.

 
 
 

March 2011

 

Contents

From frumpy to funky: "Fab pads" launch nationwide with style

Government action needed to address youth homelessness rise

Public help bring empty homes back into service

Ethical caf?© gives homeless chance to make a change

Sleeping uneasy

Changes to Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

SIFA Fireside holds memorial service

New service user led forum

Diamonds in the Rough art exhibition

Cannock church shelter discussions

Westminster plan ban

Update on Poncho?

Detail on the Hub

Second phone count

Winter shelters follow the pack

Funding nothing new

Ex-rough sleeper up for literary prize

Reading police seek help in murder

Tent city recognised in Seattle

HRH at Arlington hostel

Zulu council in London

Squats for rent?

Debut album with royal backing

Heroin drought

Homeless to Harvard

Street Shield 20: Home again!

 

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