February is Black History Month, recognized in Canada as a time to learn more about the important contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to the history and continued growth of this country. We are planning a few special projects this month to highlight Black artists and musicians in the province.
Guest Curator Series
We've invited four guest curators to create unique and personal playlists celebrating Black music artists from or with ties to Saskatchewan. Thank you to Black in Sask, Pimpton, Nini Jegz and Emanali for their participation.
Stay tuned here and on our social media for the playlists as they are unveiled throughout February!
Black in Saskatchewan (BIS) is a youth-led community organization created to contribute to the holistic growth of the Black community in Saskatchewan by addressing systemic issues, connecting members to various networks, and educating on Black experiences. The organization is committed to addressing systemic issues, contributing to and amplifying education on Black experiences, and fostering the growth of a thriving community for all.
"Fellow Sasakatchewanians, please enjoy this BHM playlist curated by Regina's own Pimpton. The selection includes some oldies, as well as some brand-new releases from various melanated musicians and artists from across the province. Made up from some of my favourite Hip-Hop, RnB and Experimental music made in Saskatchewan, this playlist will not only enhance your mood, but will also showcase some of the many talented Black artists in Saskatchewan."
Emanali "SK BLACK SOUND'
A carefully curated playlist that showcases the exceptional talent of Black musicians from Saskatchewan. With a diverse array of genres, including HipHop, RnB, and Afrobeat. This playlist captures the versatility and originality of the province's Black artists. Experience the energy and creativity of Saskatchewan's Black music scene in this must-listen collection handpicked by Emanali. "I present to you 'SK BLACK SOUND' ".
Nini Jegz "The Blacker the Berry"
" "The Blacker the Berry" is a tribute to the rich heritage and soulful sounds of Saskatchewan's black artists. With its name inspired by the classic phrase "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," this playlist celebrates the unique sweetness of black music. From aged songs to the newest hits, this collection showcases the very best of the genre, all produced by talented artists hailing from Saskatchewan. Whether you're a long-time fan or just discovering this musical treasure trove, "The Blacker the Berry" is the ultimate destination for sweet, soulful sounds. So sit back, relax, and let the music take you on a journey of discovery and appreciation for the timeless genres."
Saturday, February 25 - The Exchange, Regina
Sunday, February 26 - Somewhere Else Pub & Grill, Saskatoon
Artwork by Ayomiposi Shonibare, SwagArt™
Our thanks to Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR Canada.
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We thank Creative Saskatchewan and FACTOR Canada for their support.
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