Montrealer Naya Ali, along with Ontarians TOBi, RAAHiiM, Hunnah and Dylan Sinclair are the winning artists of the very first Black Canadian Music Awards. These were created to “reward and celebrate the artistic merit of music creators from Black communities” following the racial tensions of 2020 and the issue of systemic racism.
Naya Ali said she was “proud” to contribute to the rise of culture in Canada. She spoke by sharing her joy on social media.
“Congratulations to all of the recipients for their extraordinary talent as a musical creator,” said SOCAN Foundation Director Charlie Wall-Andrews. “The pieces submitted illustrate the fundamental contribution of Black communities in music and culture in Canada, while contributing significantly to social and economic inclusion,” she continued in a statement.
More than 300 musicians had submitted their candidacy for these first Canadian Black Music Awards since September 2020. They were decided by a jury chaired by DJ Agile and composed, among others, of Dominique Fils-Aimé and Pierre Kwenders.
“We were blown away by the remarkable talent and the pieces submitted by Black music creators across the country,” adds Paul Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SiriusXM Canada presenting the Awards. The company is also funding a $ 5,000 scholarship for each distinguished personality during this first edition.
A virtual celebration will take place on the Instagram page of the SOCAN Foundation from January 12 to 14.