By The Editors of Business Insider A new Canadian music video has been nominated for a prestigious award, but it’s not for a simple reason: the music video features a black man, playing the guitar, playing his heart out.
“It’s not about the white person playing the instrument, but the people who are being oppressed by the white man,” the lead singer of the music clip said.
“There’s something deeply wrong with that, and I want to be able to show the world that it’s OK.”
“It’s a beautiful song,” he added.
“I love it.
They’re not even given the opportunity to be heard in the songs.””
You see, the people of colour, they’re not being represented in the music industry.
They’re not even given the opportunity to be heard in the songs.”
The video, which was filmed at the Bizlab Music Festival in the US, is called Black Man’s World and stars Canadian singer-songwriter Chris Broussard, who said he wanted to bring to the screen something “that was so meaningful to people in the United States and Canada.”
“I was looking for something that felt like it was so relevant,” BrouSSard said.
“[It] could be something that people who live in these countries can relate to.”
He also said the video was a reminder of the “huge gap” that exists between white people and people of color in the musical world.
“We need a way of bringing to life something that’s more culturally appropriate,” Bromssard said, “that’s something that would be a true celebration of what’s happening.”
“The internet can be a wonderful instrument, and that’s why I’ve chosen to bring it to life on the internet,” he said.
“But I’ve got to think about the people behind the music and the people making it.”
In a way, it’s a celebration of how the internet has allowed people of different races to meet each other and work together, he said, and it also shows how the music business has “got the message out.”
“A lot of people see it as a big deal,” he continued.
“And I’m hoping that we can show them that the message is really that it can be just as big and impactful as it is for people of the same colour.”
“When people see the video, they say it’s great, it really captures the power of the internet, but also that it needs to be a celebration, too.”
The award for best Canadian music song is given to the best work of an individual Canadian artist and includes three other winners: American rapper Wiz Khalifa, who won Best New Artist; Canadian musician and performer Justin Bieber; and British rock band Fleetwood Mac.
“It was a tough decision, and we don’t have a choice, but I think we made the right choice,” Bredesen said.
He added that the video has received an “unprecedented amount of support” from the music community, with hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
“The people who watch it have a great sense of community, and when you hear that the words ‘black man’s world’ are in there, it sends a message to the world,” he explained.
“Black people have always been here, and the way they’re being represented is really important.”
That’s why we’re here and what we’re doing.