AWATE: THE UNEARTHED ODYSSEY
An Eritrean born in Saudi Arabia and raised in London, AWATE has been producing music for over 15 years. Nominated for ‘Best Urban Act’ at the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards, AWATE’s music, including his Happiness EP – praised as a ‘British rap masterpiece’ by Trench Mag – has been featured on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and 6 Music, as well as Noisey, Spotify and Complex.
AWATE recently completed a five month artist residency at the British Library and has been using its sound archive to weave together a long-form genre-bending musical piece exploring the subject of diaspora and human migration. Join AWATE for a special evening of music, discussion and performance.
The British Library is the national library of the UK. We collect, preserve and provide access to an unparalleled collection of books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, sounds and even websites across our sites in London and Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. Our archive of over 170 million treasures spans Leonardo da Vinci to Nelson Mandela. AWATE is the Library’s Artist-in-Residence for Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, a project which preserves the nation’s collective memory by saving and sharing rare and unique sound recordings before they are lost forever.
Presented by Sounds Like THIS Festival x The British Library.