Tarik Robinson named new KEY OF A producer and host on CBC Radio One



Robinson lived in Calgary since the age of one and grew up absorbing the sounds of r & b, soul, reggae and gospel, his mother played in the house which sparked his interest in hip hop. In high school, Robinson began creating hip hop rhythms on a keyboard and recording unique, introspective and conscious rhymes on them. In 2002 Robinson, along with DJ Cosm, formed the hip hop group Dragon Fli Empire.

“It is an honor to carry on the legacy of the Key of A, following in the footsteps of that of Katherine Duncan amazing job over the years and bringing my own touch to it, ”said Robinson. “I intend to shape each episode like the cassette mixtapes I would make growing up, arranging trips through the musical landscape of Alberta Every Saturday. I will highlight different musical genres, highlight underrepresented communities, stay on top of new releases and come back to our shared musical history. “

Robinson walked Canada, United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark and has shared the stage with many musical icons, as well as festivals like the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Edmonton KaleidoFest and The Works Festival, Yellowknife Folk on the Rocks Festival, Shambhala, Warped Tour, Rock the Bells and many more. Robinson is also releasing music as a solo artist, including the 2019 instrumental album. Latin American Union.

“Tarik is a pioneer and is extremely respected in Canadian hip hop,” said the senior director of journalism and programming. Helene Henderson. “He brings an in-depth knowledge of all genres and the respect and admiration of the Alberta music community. With over two decades of creating and collaborating with established and emerging artists, Tarik is the perfect voice to carry on Katherine’s legacy, so effectively integrated into this province’s music scene.

Robinson graduated in journalism from Mont Royal University in 2004. He wrote for several publications on the hip hop scene, and interviewed artists like Del the Funky Homosapien and the late Gift of Gab from Blackalicious. He has also worked extensively in the field of information technology.

“What a fantastic choice,” said Katherine duncan, executive producer of CBC Music. “I’m thrilled for Tarik and can’t wait to see (and hear) where he takes A’s key!”

KEY TO A can be heard on Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One and on CBC Listen. The show offers the latest information on music, artists and events through Alberta.

CBC Radio One Calgary: 99.1 FM
CBC Radio One Edmonton: 93.9 FM

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For further information: Madelaine Lapointe, Senior Communications Officer, CBC Calgary, 403-477-6241, [email protected]; Alisha Edgelow, Manager, Communications, Marketing and Branding, CBC Calgary, 403-805-8307, [email protected]


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