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Watch Searchlight winner Shopé's set at the 2019 CBC Music Festival

He entertained the crowd with a joyful fusion of hip hop, R&B and Afro-pop.

He entertained the crowd with a joyful fusion of hip hop, R&B and Afro-pop

Shopé performs on the q stage at the 2019 CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto. (Vanessa Heins)

As winner of CBC Music's 2019 Searchlight contest, Shopé had the honour of being the opening act at the 2019 CBC Music Festival's q stage.

A Nigerian–Canadian hip-hop artist from Toronto, Shopé weaves tales of poverty, determination and love into his music, while artfully incorporating elements of Afro-pop and R&B.

Shopé means "make joy" in his native Nigerian, and the crowd at Toronto's Echo Beach was feeling it during his performance on the q stage. He was joined by Adam Josh Pondang (guitar), Kirk Grange (keyboard), Simon Siala (bass) and Sean Lorcan Samuels (drums). Watch their full set, below.


CBC Music Searchlight winner Shopé performs "When You Land" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 4:03
CBC Music Searchlight winner Shopé performs "What She Wants" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 3:43
CBC Music Searchlight winner Shopé performs "Stay" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 2:48
CBC Music Searchlight winner Shopé performs "Highs, Lows, Stories" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 2:06
CBC Music Searchlight winner Shopé performs "Come Wid It" at the 2019 CBC Music Festival. 3:59