Award-winning Canadian hip-hop artist Shad (aka Shadrach Kabango and Shad K.) is the new permanent host of Q, the arts and culture program from the CBC. The show airs Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. on WUNC. Shad will take over as the new host on April 20.
Shad has released four albums and numerous singles and EPs since his recording debut in 2005. His lyrics have been critically praised for their focus on social issues and for their humor.
Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, Shad grew up in London, Ontario after his parents moved there. He holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master's degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University.
Q was hosted by Jian Ghomeshi until allegations of sexual assault were brought against the former host. Ghomeshi is charged with seven counts of sexual assault and is awaiting trial in Toronto.
Shad has guest hosted Q several times following Ghomeshi's dismissal by the CBC.