2020 R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR | Amaal | | The JUNO Awards
JUNO WEEK 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

She is the fourth child among ten children in total (seven sisters and two brothers), she is part of a singular, supportive unit. She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and then emigrated to Canada with her family. Coming from a traditional Muslim household, Amaal says that music, especially the pursuit of music-making, was a taboo. “It’s in my DNA. I’m from Somalia and it’s very well known to be the land of poets. A country where the language is used as a form of poetry.”

Amaal began making music at 16 and released songs four years later. After signing to Universal Music Canada/Public Records, Amaal would still retain a spirit of independence. Recent releases “Not What I Thought” and “Coming and Going” have accumulated more than a million views together.

Now, her newest EP, Black Dove, we’re given a different portrait of Amaal. The EP’s title says it all: a symbol of freedom and hope, but still ultimately, and fearlessly, tied to her Blackness. Still compassionate, tender, fierce in all the ways she is, Black Dove decidedly swerves inward; taking a deeper look at the woman who is before the world, and not exactly what the world sees of this woman.