samian

Samian was born in Pikogan, Abitibi in 1983. He left the reservation when he was 12 years old and lived in several different towns in Quebec. He lost the use of his native language Algonquin, and had to learn it again from his grandmother. He became the first rapper to sing in French and Algonquin. He started performing when the Wapikoni Mobile, came to his community. The mobile audio and video recording studio travels around communities across Québec giving a voice to First Nations youth.

Samian was a revelation when he performed at the Voix d'Amériques Festival in 2006. He later paired up with the Quebec rap group Loco Locass to compose La paix des braves that talks about the history of Amerindians since the coming of white settlers. He aims to breath life into the language of his ancestors by using it in a modern mode of expression, rap. Samian is also passionate about the hardship and uncertainty faced by many First Nations youth.

Samian's first album, Face à soi même, was produced in collaboration with Loco Locass, Horg, Anodajay and Shauit, a Montagnais rapper. The album was released in the fall of 2007, under Anodajay's label, 7e Ciel.

http://www.samian.ca
http://www.myspace.com/samianmusic