Samian (rapper)

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Samian
Samian parc Maisonneuve.jpg
Background information
Birth name Samuel Tremblay
Born 1983
Pikogan, Quebec, Canada
Genres Canadian hip hop
Years active 2001-present
Labels 7ième Ciel
Associated acts Anodajay, Loco Locass, Kashtin, Sans Pression

Samuel Tremblay, better known by his stage name Samian (born 1983 in Pikogan, Quebec),[1] is a Canadian rapper who performs in both French and Algonquin.[2]

Biography[edit]

Samian was born in Amos and grew up in the community of Pikogan in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and in several other cities in the province of Quebec. His father is Québécois and his mother is Algonquin. He was first noted by participating in the Wapikoni film project in 2004 and would later perform on stage with the Quebec Rap group Loco Locass.

In 2005, Samian collaborated on several projects with Canada's National Film Board, the Department of Indian Affairs and HARRO décrochage scolaire (school dropout Network), AIDS and problems related to compulsive gambling.

In 2006, he won first prize for best music video for his clip Courage at the United Indigenous Peoples Festival in Pau, France. During this festival, he will play the first part of Florent Vollant, member of Kashtin music group. He was the first musician to sing in both French and Algonquin. He is an inspiration to many Aboriginal youth. His popularity is growing since his revelation to the Festival Voix d'Amérique (America's Voices Festival).

The same year, he meets with Anodajay and he writes the song La Paix des Braves which refers to the Agreement signed respecting a new relationship between the Cree Nation and the Government of Quebec, and became his first single, which will make him known to the general public in Quebec. Loco Locass invites Samian to interpret his song on stage at La Place des Arts in Montreal during the Loco Locass Symphonique event.

A member of the Abitibiwinni First Nation, Samian collaborated with Loco Locass and Anodajay before releasing his debut album, Face à soi-même, in 2007 on Anodajay's 7ième Ciel.[1] He has performed across Canada and internationally, including shows in France, Spain, Finland, China and at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[3]

In 2007, he was one of the spokesmen at the Quebec Social Forum with Paul Piché and Raoul Duguay. His lyrics evoke the worrying situation of Aboriginal youth and puts forward the need to reconcile First Nations and the people of Quebec.

At the Quebec National Holiday, on June 24th, 2008, Loco Locass and Samian interpreted Paix des Braves before tens of thousands of spectators at Maisonneuve Park, as well as millions of viewers on television.

His 2010 album Face à la musique includes a hip hop remake of Kashtin's "Tshinanu". His rendition does not sample the original recording; instead, he collaborated directly with the members of Kashtin on a new recording of the song's guitar line and chorus.[4]

On May 2, 2010, he was on the famous Tout Le Monde En Parle talkshow hosted by Guy A. Lepage, brigning awareness to the fact that the Algonquin language was endangered and something to protect it had to be done.

This artist is also opposed to the Plan Nord developed by the former government of Jean Charest.

In 2013, he played in the Quebec film Roche, Papier, Ciseaux alongside Roy Dupuis.

On August 4, 2014, Samian did a concert at the Festival Présence Autochtone, held at Place des Festivals in Montreal, where he was joined by several guests including Loco Locass and Kathia Rock.

In 2014, Samian also took part in a program which was broadcast on APTN titled 'Le Rhythme'. Alongside Dany Bédar, Samian was be the mentor of several Aboriginal musicians, singers, writers and performers, aged 18 to 30, guiding them through an artistic journey of intensive training, ultimately leading them to the recording of their first album as a group.

Discography[edit]

  • Face à soi-même (2007)
  • Face à la musique (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Samian at the First Nations Youth Network.
  2. ^ "Aboriginal rapper Samian at The Indie Ones tomorrow". cnngo.com, March 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "Algonquin rapper rocks China". Indian Country Today, March 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "Samian: les forces de paix". cyberpresse.ca, May 1, 2010.

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