Samian, the algonquin rapper: an inspiring story!
Born in 1983, in the small community of Pikogan in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Samian, whose name is merely the Algonquin translation of his name Samuel, is a committed artist who chose rap as a means of expression. In 1998, at the age of 13, his sister secretly enrolled him in a poetry contest that became the venue for his first public presentation.
In 2004, following an arduous journey that led him to live a nomadic life, he decides to return home. While the traveling Wapikoni studio is visiting the Pikogan community, he meets filmmaker, Manon Barbeau. Samian seizes the opportunity to record several songs and direct a number of videos. He quickly becomes leader of the project and represents Wapikoni in several film festivals and short films in Quebec and France.
In 2006, his music video, Courage, created under Wapikoni Mobile’s framework, won the award for best music video at the first International Festival of Indigenous People united in Pau, in the south of France. Between 2006 and 2008, Samian performs on stages across Quebec and abroad meeting numerous artists: Florent Vollant, Loco Locass, Paul Piché, Raoul Duguay, Anodajay, etc. In tandem, he wrote lyrics for his first album. He began to incorporate Algonquin in his songs with the help of his grandmother who translates his lyrics. This allows him to become reacquainted with his native language and his people’s history.