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.