With his internationally crafted sound, Toronto-based Shope is bringing a unique energy to the global musicscape.
The newly crowned CBC Searchlight 2019 winner was originally born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, but would later immigrate with his family to Toronto, Canada 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 is best described as Afrofusion, as it skillfully blends elements of Afropop, Hip Hop and R&B, to create a sonic palette that is honest, and vulnerable, yet bold and confident, all the while remaining danceable. That is perhaps why his work has resonated with so many, to the tune of almost 2M streams. Shopé’s performance credits span premier festivals like SXSW (Austin), CMW (Toronto), A3C (Atlanta), showcasing alongside artists like; Tory Lanez, Tyler Shaw, Lecrae and Andy Mineo, just to name a few. Additionally, his robust touring schedule has taken him across Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa. Beyond the music, Shope's commitment to growth and human flouring evidences as a passion for education as a means of empowerment. All of his unique contributions to art & education are what set him apart as a “one-to-watch” international artist hailing from Africa’s metropolis, Lagos, and Toronto’s burgeoning class of up and coming artists and social innovators.