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Shad joins Q as new host

Shad Kabango

Critically praised Canadian musician Shad to lead Q to new heights, beginning April 20th.

A new voice will be joining St. Louis Public Radio’s line up in April as the CBC announced today that Shad (Shadrach Kabango) will take over as the new permanent host of Q. Q is CBC Radio One's award-winning daily arts, culture, and entertainment program heard Monday through Friday at 7 pm on STLPR.

“Shad will bring a unique, thought-provoking voice to Q that we are confident will resonate with Canadians,” said Cindy Witten, interim executive director, Radio and Audio for English Services. “He is an extremely bright and accomplished artist with a broad range of interests and passions.  I think the audience will be completely charmed by him.”

Critically acclaimed Juno Award-winning rapper Shad is regarded for his humor, honesty, and intelligence. Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and relocated to Canada shortly after, he was raised in London, Ontario. The 32-year-old holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University. His music has critics incorporating him into the dialog among the well-regarded emcees in North America and has garnered him nods from the Juno Awards and Polaris Music Prize. With his new role at CBC's Q, Shad can now add host to his resume.

“Joining the Q team is an honor. My mission in music has always been to make a unique and positive contribution to culture and to people's lives,” said Shad. “This is an exciting opportunity to pursue that same mission in a new way, alongside a brilliant, passionate team.”

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