Shadrach Kabango (born July 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Shad or Shad K., is a Canadian hip hop artist and broadcaster. He was named as the new host of the CBC Radio One program Q in March 2015.
Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked in London as a hospital lab technician; his father, as a machinist. He attended the École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont.
His debut album When This Is Over (2005) was self-made, financed with the $17,500 he won from 91.5 The Beat's Rhythm of the Future talent competition during his time as an undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University. The album was recognized for Shad's self-deprecating lyrics and focus on social causes--for example, the track "I'll Never Understand" examines the Rwandan genocide and includes poetry written by his mother, Bernadette Kabango.
In 2007, he was signed by Black Box Recordings for a three-album deal and released his second album, The Old Prince. In 2008, The Old Prince received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The album was also nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards. Shad released his third album, TSOL, in 2010. TSOL was nominated for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, a 2011 MuchMusic Video Award, and won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. On beating out Canadian compatriot Drake for the Juno, Shad said in an interview: "I did not think for a second that I would win. Not for one second. He's massive. He's massive in the States, he's massive in Canada."
In June 2013, Shad released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid entitled The Spring Up. Shad's fourth album,Flying Colours, was released on October 15, 2013. This album was also nominated for a Juno Award in 2014, and was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.
In March 2015, it was announced that Shad would replace Jian Ghomeshi as host of CBC Radio One's Q. His formal debut as host of the program was on April 20.
Style and influences:
Music critics have compared his style to that of K-os, Aesop Rock and of Common, and also to a "London (England) sound circa 1990".
Shad is bilingual, speaking English and French. He holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master's degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University.
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