(CNN)From a volcanic eruption that destroyed his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to experiencing devastating loss and setting off on his own in search of a fresh start in a new country, Tresor Riziki understands what it means to embrace second chances.

Known to his fans as just Tresor, he has channeled his grief and hardship into his music, becoming a multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer. His sound, he tells CNN, is “new-age African pop — a fusion of sound from all over the continent.”Drawing influences from legends like Brenda Fassie, Salif Keita and Fela Kuti, Tresor says his music is about celebrating Africa and all its people.Read more: How South Africa became the center of the house music world“I think what sets African music apart from the rest of the world is how raw and colorful it is,” he says. “The diversity of African sound in the continent is magnificent.”Read MoreDespite the tone of his music, Tresor’s road to stardom has been anything but smooth.Watch the video at the top of this page for more on how Tresor’s journey has influenced his music career.

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