Sampaloo, Reggae Artist – Wed. 22 Feb, UB
|Wednesday, February 22, 2017|
|12:00 to 13:30|
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Sampaloo is a former professional athlete who came to Canada after getting involved in a farm aid program. Developing a passionate interest in music, Sampaloo soon forged his own style and began his music career, taking cues from conscious artistes like Josey Whales and Charlie Chaplin and dancehall stars like Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. Sampaloo describes his music as "hardcore dancehall reggae", and addresses issues such as black crime and violence, family values and encouraging young people to stay in school. He has opened for such prominent Reggae artistes as Sean Paul, Anthony B and Glen Washington. Sampaloo made his radio debut in 1995, and was so well received that he earned the title of Montreal's DJ of the Year in 1995! He appeared on Montreal's International Reggae Festival in 2004 and was also nominated for a Canadian Reggae Music Award that same year for his song "Immigration"( http://www.youtube.com/embed/YccST6rBVD4), which addresses his struggles encountered in Canada.