British Library artist-in-residence to perform at Sounds Like THIS Festival

AWATE - Unlocking Our Sound Heritage artist-in-residence

British Library Presents AWATE: the Unearthed Odyssey
Leeds College of Music, 16 March, 19.30 – 21.30

Genre-bending rapper and producer AWATE will feature at Leeds College of Music on 16 March 2020 as part of the Sound Like THIS Festival. He will be performing a long-form musical piece composed over his five month period as Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Artist-In-Residence at the British Library.

An Eritrean born in Saudi Arabia, the London-raised artist has been producing music for over 15 years, and has featured on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Spotify and Complex. During his residency at the British Library, the award-nominated AWATE worked closely with the Library’s Unlocking Our Sound Heritage team and used clips from the British Library Sound Archive to produce a long-form music piece, focusing on the subjects of human migration and the diaspora.

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Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a British Library project aimed at preserving the nation’s communal memory through the salvation of rare and unique sound recordings before they are lost forever. AWATE’s performance at Sounds Like THIS is part of the British Library’s growing cultural offering to audiences in Leeds, which included involvement in last year’s Leeds Digital Festival and Light Night Leeds 2019.

AWATE, reflecting on his time at the British Library, said: “The opportunity to work with one of the most extensive treasure troves of sounds in the world was something has been an incredible experience. Rap music and the art of oppressed peoples often repurposes found material and bringing these techniques to the British Library Sound Archive has allowed me to make musical connections through three different centuries and every continent.



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