Shopé recently premiered his new song “NEED SOMEONE” on Toronto’s highly-viewed morning TV show, Breakfast Television.
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CBC Searchlight is a prestigious annual nationwide competition that catapults its winners to the national spotlight.
Who is Shopé?
With his internationally crafted sound, Toronto-based Shopé is bringing a unique energy to the global musicscape. The 2019 CBC Searchlight winner was originally born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, but later immigrated with his family to Toronto at the age of 11. No stranger to the classic immigrant struggle, the Nigerian-Canadian’s personal and musical narratives weave a tale of poverty, determination, love, and faith.
His sound best described as Afrofusion, skillfully blends Nigerian Afrobeats with North American Hip Hop and R&B, creating an infectious sonic palette that is honest, and vulnerable, yet bold and confident. Shopé masterfully bridges western & African cultures, winning fans along the way, to the tune of 3M+ streams. In 2019, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Allan Slaight JUNO Masterclass. In the same year, he also completed a coveted weeklong artist-in-residency program at the National Music Centre in Studio Bell. Shopé’s performance credits span premier festivals like CBC Music Festival, SXSW, CMW, and the upcoming JUNOS 2020, showcasing alongside acts like; Tory Lanez, Jazz Cartier, Tyler Shaw, and Lecrae, just to name a few. His robust touring schedule has also taken him across Canada, USA, Europe and Africa.
Beyond the music, Shopé’s commitment to growth and human flouring evidences as a passion for education. All of his unique contributions to art & education set Shopé apart as a “one-to-watch” international artist, inspiring those in the African diaspora and beyond.
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