Hip-hop meets music hall
Joining AWATE, the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Artist-in-Residence, who has been digging into the British Library’s extensive sound archive of nearly seven million recordings, will be the explosive and intricate WondRWomN, founder of TheRecordShop in Tottenham, and veteran rapper/producer The Last Skeptik, fresh from releasing a new album. Chopping and creating experimental rhythms and improvised beats, come along to this unmissable hour to hear them live at the British Library.Acclaimed rapper AWATE is the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Artist-in-Residence at the British Library and has been producing music for over 15 years, learning the craft from mentors including Stylah and Lowkey from the iconic UK group the Poisonous Poets, BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex and boyhood hero and legend, Yasiin Bey. An accomplished multimedia artist, AWATE served as The Roundhouse’s Resident Artist in 2016 where he was commissioned to produce a work, Askari, commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One alongside seven other musicians. He was also the PRS Foundation and British Council’s São Paulo Musician in Residence 2018, working in Brazil with street and classically trained musicians. Recently 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 6Music, as well as Noisey, Spotify and Complex.
AWATE’s five-month residency at the British Library involves using the Sound Archive to weave together a long-form genre-bending musical piece exploring the subject of diaspora and human migration.
Producer, rapper and DJ Corin Douieb, AKA The Last Skeptik, is one of the most infamous, genre crushing and incredible talents to come out of the UK. Having toured the world, playing festivals from Coachella and SXSW to Glastonbury he has also produced for TV, a BAFTA nominated short film, and made beats for the rappers Kojey Radical and Giggs to Scrufizzer and The Manor.North London artist WondRWomN specialises in crafting her own unique brand of ‘Grit Pop’, blending elements of Hip Hop, Psychedelic Soul and Funk. A product of the brand Prodigies Of Nature, she is 'the girl next door, that raps.’ In 2014, ‘WondRWomN’ was birthed through the self-titled and self-produced album. Since then she has performed across London at venues such as RichMix and The Roundhouse, and nationwide at festivals such as Love Saves The Day and LoveBox. She also runs music events, workshops and a talent agency.