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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.

At the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day festivities on June 24, 2008, Loco Locass and Samian performed "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 appeared on Tout le monde en parle, bringing awareness to the fact that the Algonquin language was endangered.

In 2013, he acted in the Quebec film Rock Paper Scissors (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 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.

In 2015, he had an acting role in the film Scratch, and in 2017 he appeared in the film Hochelaga, Land of Souls.[5]

Discography

  • Face à soi-même (2007)
  • Face à la musique (2010)
  • Enfant de la terre (2015)