QAMA’SI, stand-up people! Q-052, nominated for Best New Artist at the Indigenous Music Awards this year, is back with a new album addressing ongoing issues that Indigenous People face across Turtle Island. Q nicely adds jazz, soul and R&B vibes to his old-school hip-hop songs, that dare to speak loud and clear and face the truth, like a punch in the face. Many Indigenous sisters and brothers should recognize themselves in his music. The lyrics constantly challenge the Canadian Government about the Indian Act, territorial destruction from resource exploitation, the hidden agenda surrounding the Truth & Reconciliation process and the many levels of the Canadian Genocide. Featuring collaborations of artists from Gesgapegiag (Jake Da Dogg), Kahnawake (Will E. Skandalz), Odanak (Popular Paul) and Igloolik (Angela Amarualik), Qama’si (Stand-up in Mi’kmaq) is a call to take collective responsibility and ask for systemic changes while telling soulful and touching stories, straight from the Rez . A strong advocate for Indigenous youth and women fighting alongside his brothers and sisters, he started to write in hope that his truthful music will inspire systemic change. Q stands for Quentin. 052 is the official governmental name for his reserve. Welcome to Gesgapegiag in Gaspesia.
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We are working on the development of several new talents and to increase Indigenous representation on the stages of Quebec and Canada.