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Debut album with royal backing

March 09 2011
A former rough sleeper released his debut album with a little help from Prince William

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.