Qiam Noori. Mississauga News. Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Duane D.O. Gibson will be performing freestyle rap for students in Peel during his Black History Month tour

“A celebrated Canadian artist and rapper has started his annual musical tour for school students across Canada, including in Mississauga and Brampton, in light of Black History Month.

Black Music 365, which is jointly organized by rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson and Strut Entertainment, runs from January to March, the company said in a Jan. 11 release. The artist is known for his songs “Still Driven” as well as “Black 365.”

During the tour, Gibson will be performing freestyle rap for school students in various cities across the country, the release reads.

“Duane’s school presentations offer students insight into musical contributions from notable Black Canadian talent and is taking place back in person after last year’s completely virtual tour,” the release added.

Gibson will be in Mississauga on Feb. 9 at Fallingbrook Middle School, and in Brampton’s Castlemore Public School on Feb. 24.

“I’m excited to be back in person at schools talking all about Black history,” said Gibson. “As a hip-hop artist and motivational speaker, music is always central to my presentations. This year, I will highlight the contributions of great Canadian musicians and artists, including Maestro Fresh Wes, Oscar Peterson, Jully Black, Portia White, and Drake.”

In addition to the tour, D.O. Gibson has also established an annual music conference, called Northern Power Summit.

The initiative provides artists and music professionals with the chance to develop their careers internationally through education and industry experts.

Gibson set a Guinness world record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, according to his website.

Born in Watrous, Sask., D.O. Gibson was raised in southern Ontario, before settling in Toronto, his website states.

D.O. Gibson’s full bio can be viewed at www.iamdogibson.com.”