Based In: Abitibi, Quebec

Born in Pikogan, a small autochthonous community nestled in the city of Amos, in the Québec region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Samian—the Algonquin translation of the artist’s first name, Samuel—has come into his own, proudly sporting the colors of his people, an “invisible” people he calls “invincible” and for whom he claims respect and recognition. A voice of the present day telling a story from several centuries ago, the Métis rapper lays down his poetry with the soul of a warrior, at times delving into dark moods, but not without a shade of hope (“Je suis vivant, c’est pour ça que j’y crois,” meaning “I am alive, therefore I believe”). Samian conjures the past in the name of the new generations, calling upon their courage to create a bright future, a nation where people live in brotherhood.

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations 2012

National Aboriginal Day in Canada means a lot of live Indigenous music and parties will be taking place across the country. Here are RPM’s pick for music to check out this Abo day. …read more »

Top 16 Indigenous Music Videos 2011

‘Tis the season for looking back on the year, reflecting on the highs and lows, and seeing what moments stand out in our memories. Here at RPM, we’ve been thinking about our favourite moments in Indigenous music culture and this week we bring you our Top 16 Indigenous Music Videos of 2011. …read more »

Indigenous Live Music Picks: Nov. 3-6, 2011

This week, Winnipeg is the bustling centre of live Indigenous music with the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, Aboriginal Music Week and Manito Ahbee festival happening simultaneously. …read more »

Manito Ahbee Festival 2011: Aboriginal Music Week Schedule and Lineup

It’s here again – Aboriginal Music Week! Indigenous artists, music fans and industry are flocking to Winnipeg, Manitoba, this week for one of the largest Indigenous music festivals on Turtle Island. …read more »

2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Performance Line-up Announced

The line-up for the 2011 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards has been released, and it features some amazing performers.
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APCMA 2011 Nominees – Single Of The Year

This year’s Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards brought out the best Turtle Island has to offer for the category of Single of the Year. RPM presents this week’s YouTube playlist for APCMA 2011 Single of the Year nominees.
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RPM YouTube Playlist – Native Hip-Hop

As always, accompanying our RPM Podcast #007 is a YouTube playlist from our channel. This week we bring to you some Indigenous hip-hop music videos. Boom.
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