Red Suga in one the Mi'kmaq Nations most important Youth Warriors. Red Suga comes from Pabineau First Nation a tiny Mi'kmaw rez in New Brunswick. Here is the stunning single:
His first performance for CBC's 2003 Canada Winter Games HYPE! concert landed him a spot on MuchMusic's MuchNews and Going Coastal. Since then he's been featured on Much's Aboriginal Day Celebration and Rap City. Red Suga has also appeared on CBC Television and Radio, APTN National News, CTV's Breakfast Television, RDI (french version of CBC); in Spirit of Aboriginal Youth Magazine, as well as by various local media, including Rogers Cable and The New Brunswick Reader.
On June 28, 2003, he held his first independent concert at KC Irving Regional Center, Bathurst, New Brunswick.
Red Suga's debut album was released in October, 2003, from Suga Records, his independent label.
He has done shows and conducted youth workshops at the Creative Arts Festival 2003, in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Labrador, and in Rigolet, Labrador! In 2003, he performed on the Mainstage at the SKYDOME for the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Toronto, Ontario!
In 2004, Red Suga garnered an East Coast Music Award nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year! On Feb.15, 2004, he presented awards to Jimmy Rankin, Havanna Fax, and Crush at the CBC Gala Awards Show for an audience of 5,000 in St. John's Nfld!
Red Suga recently performed at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario and on Victoria Island, Ottawa/Hull for Aboriginal Day Celebrations, June 21, 2004! On June 26, 2004, he performed for the Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister of France at the 1604-2004 Historic Arrival of the Acadians Celebration in St. Stephen's St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and also at a benifit for Kingsclear First Nation families who lost everything in an apartment complex fire.
While Red Suga had been nominated for a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award 2004 in the Rap and Hiphop Category, he removed himself from the competition.
Reminiscent of Marlon Brando's refusal of an Academy Award, due to the plight of Native Americans and their treatment by our governments, Red Suga's refusal to partake in the Aboriginal Achievement Awards was steeped in controversy. There were whispers in the corridors whether Red Suga's stark revealing visions of the plight of Native Youth was a message the Music Industry and the Aboriginal Achievement Awards wanted to be made public.
In the true Mi'kmaq way, as done by our Warriors in many arenas, Red Suga withdrew rather than let institutions and their sugar coated "everything is good in Indian country" facade compromise his and his artistry's integrity.
He continues on making music and studying at university.
Canada has not heard the last of this young gifted prodigy.
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