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Khari Wendell McClelland

Dec 31, 2020 | Funding Recipient

Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving musician. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Vancouver music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the United States-Canada border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination.

His music draws from this rich history, integrating the rhythms and folklore of early African-Americans with contemporary sounds and stories of struggle. Recently, Khari received critical acclaim for his Freedom Singer project, recreating the music fugitive slaves carried on their journey north into Canada. Whether on stage or in the studio, Khari's passion for community, equality and justice is palpable, as is his belief in the redemptive power of music.

Khari remarks about the recording process: "Working with John Raham at Afterlife Studios on the Freedom Singer Project has been gratifying in regard to our musical endeavours, but also in terms of realizing a larger vision of giving a new life to the forgotten voices and songs of early African Canadians."

Creative BC is proud to support Khari Wendell McClelland as part of the BC Music Fund’s Sound Recording Program.

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