Claude

Claude (stage name of Claude Kiambe), is a Dutch singer from Congo.

Kiambe fled from Congo in 2013[b] at the age of 9 with his mother, three brothers and three sisters to the Netherlands. They then stayed for a year and a half in the asylum seeker center in Alkmaar, where the multicultural orchestra Orchester Partout impressed him; he started participating more and more. Claude: “Singing runs in our family.” They moved to Enkhuizen, where he obtained his HAVO diploma. He studied hotel management but dropped out. In addition to his singing career, he worked in a restaurant.

In 2017 he won a talent show in Enkhuizen with the song Uit Apart by Yes-R. In the spring of 2019, he participated in the eighth season of The Voice Kids with the song Papaoutai by Stromae. He failed in the second round, ‘The Battles’. In the following years, he participated in the ARE YOU NEXT? talent show, where he won a recording contract with music label Cloud 9 Music.

In the following years he participated in various auditions and singing competitions where he came into contact with, among others, music producer Arno Krabman and songwriter Joren van der Voort. Together with them he wrote the Dutch-French song Ladada (Mon dernier mot), which was released at the end of 2022. It became a 538 Favorite and reached the number 1 position in the Dutch Top 40 and Single Top 100. He was inspired by Stromae when creating the song.

In 2023, Claude performed at the Noorderslag pop music festival. In March of that year he received the 3FM Award for Best Newcomer and was named 3FM Talent. That same month the song Layla followed, which became the Alarm disc at Qmusic. In April he made his festival debut at Paaspop in Schijndel, where he performed the unreleased song Écoute-moi.

Claude was supposed to be the support act for the Stromae concerts in April 2023, but these concerts were canceled due to the Belgian singer’s health reasons. Instead, Claude was the support act for Suzan & Freek in November that year.

On May 5, 2023, Claude performed during the Liberation Concert on the Amstel. In the same year he was a guest in the television program I love Holland.

On October 12, 2023, Claude performed at the 58th edition of the Golden Televizier-Ring Gala, after which he presented the Televizier-Ring Talent trophy to Noa Vahle. Claude performed in Rotterdam on February 3, 2024 during the Qmusic Top 40 Awards. He won the Award in the category “Best Artist” and performed with Flemming. In March and April 2024 he did his first club tour with the name Je m’appelle Claude.