CBC Hires Rapper Shad as New Host of Q
It looks like CBC has turned the corner on one of its biggest scandals with the hiring of Shadrach Kabango. Kabango who is known in music circles as Shad, will now take the Wheel of CBC’s flagship, Q. For the last few months, everyone and everything related to Q has been in a perpetual state of flux with no one knowing if and/or when it would return. Well, that question has now been answered with this high profile announcement. Q will be back on the air in Apri, albeit with a bit of different format and tone.
For all those who may have never heard of Shad before, let us introduce you to him. He was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents. At age 11, he and his family moved to London, Ont. He has a BA in buisness from Wilfred Laurier University, and a masters from Simon Fraser University. He has released four albums to his credit- his biggest to date are Flying Colors and TSOL for which he won a Juno award in the category Rap Recording of the Year, beating out global phenom Drake. He has multiple Polaris Award nominations and calls Vancouver home when he’s not on tour.
For those of you out there wondering if he has the pedigree to handle such high profile gig, Shad is an artist first and foremost, so he is able to connect with and make other artists feel at ease when they sit down to have a chat with him no matter their discipline be it art, film, poetry, or music.
As with anything there will be a period of growing pains, but this is to be expected. And since everyone these days is an armchair quarterback/backseatdriver, eschewing their opinions based mostly on personal taste/preference, with a side of ineptitude, and almost never based on logical, concrete facts, we need to give him a chance to get his rhythm, while offering constructive criticism where it is warranted. If you dont think he can be impartial, a fine example of his ability to deftly handle a complex matter was three years ago when he was a panelist on Canada Reads. Shad was championing Carmen Aguirre’s memoir when fellow panelist Anne-France Goldwater stated vociferously that she was ” a bloody terrorist” to which Shad immediately stated ” If you consider her a terrorist, you have to consider Nelson Mandela a terrorist”. Goldwater’s retort “Damn straight, blood on his hands”.
Now that the hiring portion of the journey is over, CBC is changing the frequency and with it, dissipating the dark, ominous vibe that has engulfed the storied franchise show. Shad and the Q have alot in common both are critically acclaimed, yet neither are a standout or runaway successes in their respective fields, yet they garner a committed loyal following.
“It’s been a long, thorough and exhaustive search for the new host of Q, and we’re thrilled with our choice,” said CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson. Over 200 candidates were screened for the job.
Ironically both the new host of Q and the old host are booked on the same date, only Shad will be before an audience at Massey Hall and Mr Ghomeshi will be before an audience at College Park. The attendees there will include an Ontario court judge.
Shad has stated this he is humbled and honored by this opportunity. Although his dream guest list needs a little work. When asked who was on his dream list of interviews, he replied” Kanye and my boy, Barack”. You play the guitar, you could always hit up Bill or George Clinton. Let CBC know what you think about the new Q host by using the hashtag #QTheFuture.