The Old Ijsel at Laag Keppel, Gelderland. Claude (pronunciation: “Cloud”), the stage name of Claude Kiambe, is a Dutch singer from the Congo who migrated to the Netherlands in 2013 with her mother and brother.
Kiambu fled from Congo in 2013 at 9 with his mother, three brothers and three sisters to the Netherlands. After that, they spent a year and a half in the asylum seekers centre in Alkmaar, where the multicultural orchestra Orchestre Partout impressed him; he went to participate a little more and more. Claude: “Singing runs in our family. “They moved to Enkhuizen, where he received his diploma. He studied hotel management but quit there. In addition to his singing career, he works in a restaurant.
In 2017 he won a talent hunt in Enkhuizen with the song Dismissal by Yes-R. In the spring of 2019, he participated in the eighth season of The Voice Kids with the music Papaoutai by Stromae. He was stranded in the second round, ‘The Battles. In the years after that, he participated in the ARE YOU NEXT? -talent hunt where he won a record deal with music label Cloud 9 Music.
In the years after, he participated in various auditions and singing competitions where he came in contact with music producer Arno Krabman and songwriter Joren van der Voort. Together with them, he wrote the Dutch-French number Ladada (Mon dernier mot), which was published at the end of 2022. It became a 538 favourite and reached the number 1 position in the Dutch Top 40 and Single Top 100. He was inspired by Stromae when the song was created.
In 2023 Claude performed at the pop music festival Noorderslag. In March of that year, he received the 3FM Award for Best Newcomer and was named the 3FM Talent. The same month, Layla’s song 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 in the support program of Stromae’s concerts in April 2023, but they were cancelled due to health reasons for the Belgian singer. Instead, Claude will be in the support program of Suzan & Freek in November of that year.
On May 5, 2023, Claude performed during the Liberation Concert at the Amstel.