Samian persists and signs… in his language
Samian at Everyone talks about it.
Indigenous rapper Samian was on the set of Tout le monde en parle on Sunday. He came to address the controversy surrounding his (non)participation in the Festival de la chanson de Granby, which has caused a lot of ink to flow over the past week.
Flashback: on Monday, February 28, Samian published a status on his social networks, which has since gone viral, in which he denounced the fact that his participation in the festival had been canceled, after having initially invited him, because his concert, mostly in Anishinabemowin, did not meet the requirements of the festival dedicated to music in French.
“Are indigenous languages still to be considered foreign languages in 2022? These ancestral languages from here have nothing threatening for French! I am absolutely fed up with this colonial mentality! It's time to change that in Quebec! The time is urgent for decolonization,” he was offended.
Refusal to back down
On the set of Everyone Talks About It, the artist recalled that Aboriginal languages are now official languages and that organizations like the Francouvertes, for example, accept them on the same basis as French. The demands of the Granby festival represent a step backwards for him.
Samian says he always wanted to build a bridge between Aboriginal and Quebec cultures. These are cultures that have so much in common. Like French, indigenous languages are under threat. Accepting the requests would have meant breaking that bridge for him. He says he is looking for reconciliation.
Rapper his revolt in his language
The rapper's latest album is entirely in anishinabemowin. By choosing to rap in this language, Samian says he wants to make his grandmother and his community proud, because it is a language that is being lost.
The news of the last few months, with in particular the death of Joyce Echaquan or the disastrous discoveries around the boarding schools, awakened many wounds in him. The artist's goal has also always been to denounce these injustices and oppressors in his music.
“I want things to change, in a good way. That revolts me. It is possible to express it in our languages. We don't have to apologize for being at home,” he said.