We’re proud to present a special online listening session of The Unearthed Odyssey performed by critically acclaimed Eritrean refugee rapper and producer, AWATE.
Hailing from Camden, AWATE joined the Library in the summer of 2019 as Artist-in-Residence for Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, delving through the treasure trove of artefacts in the sound archive to weave together a genre-bending piece exploring the subject of diaspora.
Listeners will journey across continents and cultures, through AWATE's experimental and collaborative music piece which showcases other artists and youth groups. The Unearthed Odyssey is an immersive voyage, incorporating oral history accounts of migration and the music of people on the move over the last 100 years.
This will be a rare and exciting chance to hear our sound archive come alive through an innovative blend of modern hip-hop production techniques and experimental storytelling.
Following the premiere of The Unearthed Odyssey, the visionary London rapper will be joined by journalist and storyteller Kieran Yates for a conversation about AWATE's experience of working with the sound archives. Merging contemporary hip-hop production techniques with artefacts from the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project, this new work will bend time and genres.
This online event replaces AWATE’s planned performances of The Unearthed Odyssey at British Library St Pancras on 13 March and Sounds Like This Leeds on 16 March, both cancelled due to Covid-19. Our sound collection is split between our two sites in London and West Yorkshire.
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