With a unique sound crossing Neo Soul and Experimental R&B, Kwento embodies empowerment through presenting an honest ode to her femininity and Afrocentricity.
Formerly known as Kirsten Olivia, Kwento hails from the Preston Township in Nova Scotia, a community of First African peoples in Canada. Through embracing her roots she has discovered a deeper sense of her truth as an individual and hopes her presence tells a story that validates and offers comfort and healing to the silenced.
A creative and an empath, Kwento receives the energy of her audiences and returns it tenfold – through her soulful vocals, effortless performance and vibrant aura.
Kwento’s musical exploits, range from touring Europe with Erin Costelo, being a session vocalist and writing with multi-platinum record producer Roy Hamilton III and opening for acts such as Classified, Divine Brown, Bettye Lavette, Mavis Staples, Nile Rogers and Chic, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Dr. John and The Hypnotic Bras Ensemble, to name a few. She has performed at Harlem New York’s Caribbean Music Festival, Halifax’s Jazz and Tall Ships Festivals, Nova Scotia Music Week, East Coast Music Week, and The African Nova Scotian Music Awards stage, where she won the award for Best Emerging artist. Her experience has seen her become an ECMA Nominee for Best R&B Recording and The Coast’s Best R&B Silver winner.
As her talents take her across the globe, Kwento is collaborating with producers in South Africa, writers in Germany and musicians and producers in Toronto, Canada and will release her second EP entitled abbrv. (Abbreviation) in early 2020.