Jemeni (singer)

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Birth name Joanne Gairy
Born 1976 (age 41–42)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip-hop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress, Broadcaster
Years active 2000-present
Associated acts Lamar
Website MySpace

Joanne Gairy, better known by her stage name Jemeni, is an actress, writer, activist, broadcaster and community worker. She was born in Grenada and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario and now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She studied Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, Toronto.

She is a hip-hop poet, and works in Canadian broadcasting. She was formerly a host on Flow 93.5 FM and volunteered for the Ryerson University campus radio station CKLN-FM. She is a music critic on Much Music and is an influential young Caribbean-Canadian woman. The Literature Alive series about Caribbean-Canadian authors (broadcast on Bravo! Television October 6 to December 29, 2005), produced a documentary about Jemeni called Jemeni in the City.[1]

Jemeni has won the Caribbean Women of Excellence Award, the Warning Award, the Tara Award, and the Canadian Urban Music award.[2] She defended Nalo Hopkinson's novel Brown Girl in the Ring for the prestigious CBC Canada Reads book competition in February 2008.[2]


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