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Originally from Limbé, a town on the northern coast of Haiti, Vox Sambou has been writing and performing for over 10 years. As an artist, he is devoted to the assertion of his individualism and the desire to bring light to injustices taking place worldwide and in Haiti in particular – and to not simply identify problems, but point to concrete solutions. Employing Haiti’s most widely spoken language, Creole, he hopes to bring back a sense of pride to his people by shedding light on their rich and unique cultural heritage.
His work continues outside of his artistic expression as the director of a youth community centre in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges. Vox Sambou’s second solo album, Dyasporafriken, came out in mid-2013 and he has performed at major festivals around the world under his own name as well as part of Nomadic Massive, a hip-hop crew that he co-founded. His work bridging Canadian and Haitian musicians and scenes is a testament to the kind of long-term vision contained in our Big Idea, one of international and collaborative scope. Meanwhile, the celebration that is an integral part of his music makes him a perfect addition to the EXTRAVAGANZA that is our Canada Day event.