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Awate is a rapper and producer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Honing his craft from the age of 12, he made a name for himself at the legendary hip-hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15. Awate learned from mentors such as Poisonous Poets rappers, Stylah and Lowkey, BBC 1Xtra's DJ Semtex and one of his heroes, Yasiin Bey.

As a refugee from Eritrea via Saudi Arabia, Awate's lyrics are a complex train of thought on subjects like self-esteem, racism, pride and class.

Building a reputation as an electrifying and engaging live performer, Awate has toured worldwide with Lowkey since 2010 and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Ghetts, Big Daddy Kane, and Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli).

He has also headlined and performed regularly at The Roundhouse as a resident artist at the iconic venue.

Awate's long awaited first release, 2016's 'Shine Ancient' EP was premiered on Complex with features on Noisey, Huck, AFROPUNK, OkayAfrica and premiere's on BBC 6 Music with Gilles Peterson, Jamie Kennedy on Radio X as well as support from DJ MK and Shortee Blitz on KISS.

2017 will see the release of Awate's debut LP, 'Happiness'.

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  • 08 Nov, 2017

    Awate: New Single & Video 'Jewels'

    A quick-witted and crisp '70s throwback, Awate's Jewels video takes viewers on a blaxploitation-inspired escapade.

    Directed by Saoud Khalaf, the film includes dramatic martial arts, spy equipment, rolling papers used as ninja stars and a shining Black Power fist. Its themes reflect battles Awate faced whilst creating his debut 'Happiness' LP, a project he wrote whilst on bail.

    'Jewels', the first single from 'Happiness', builds on the rapper's reputation for witty, sophisticated hip hop. It featured as The Line of Best Fit's 'Song of the Day' and DLSO's 'Tracks of the Week'.
    The song has also received praise from the Independent Music Podcast, Sonic Mag and the Heart to Art Podcast, with radioplay on KISS, Pyro, Fubar and Triple J.

    Fresh from supporting Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli in October, Awate drops the video right before his size? Session on 9th November, at the retailer's brand new Camden store.

    With striking lyrics, psychedelic beats from producer, Turkish and visuals like these, Awate has firmly placed himself as an artist to watch for 2018 - being announced as one of The Great Escape's 'First Fifty Artists' for next year's festival.

    www.happinessisopenforbusiness.com

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  • 08 Nov, 2017

    Awate: New Single & Video 'Jewels'

    A quick-witted and crisp '70s throwback, Awate's Jewels video takes viewers on a blaxploitation-inspired escapade.

    Directed by Saoud Khalaf, the film includes dramatic martial arts, spy equipment, rolling papers used as ninja stars and a shining Black Power fist. Its themes reflect battles Awate faced whilst creating his debut 'Happiness' LP, a project he wrote whilst on bail.

    'Jewels', the first single from 'Happiness', builds on the rapper's reputation for witty, sophisticated hip hop. It featured as The Line of Best Fit's 'Song of the Day' and DLSO's 'Tracks of the Week'.
    The song has also received praise from the Independent Music Podcast, Sonic Mag and the Heart to Art Podcast, with radioplay on KISS, Pyro, Fubar and Triple J.

    Fresh from supporting Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli in October, Awate drops the video right before his size? Session on 9th November, at the retailer's brand new Camden store.

    With striking lyrics, psychedelic beats from producer, Turkish and visuals like these, Awate has firmly placed himself as an artist to watch for 2018 - being announced as one of The Great Escape's 'First Fifty Artists' for next year's festival.

    www.happinessisopenforbusiness.com

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  • 31 Aug, 2017

    Awate: New Video For 'Displaced'

    "'Displaced' is my ode to my estate, Maiden Lane before they tear it all down. I'm a refugee and wanted to show how it felt growing up in the estate, being chased and told I was an alien. The suit was inspired by Afronauts and Power Rangers and the intro was a reference to Mr. Bean. The backstory is that the version of Eritrea that my parents struggled for, that never was, actually existed on another planet. That's where my papers come from."

    Awate will be on tour around the UK with Lowkey in September and opening for Black Star in London on 20th October.

    'Displaced' is taken from the 'Shine Ancient' EP.

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  • 31 Aug, 2017

    Awate: New Video For 'Displaced'

    "'Displaced' is my ode to my estate, Maiden Lane before they tear it all down. I'm a refugee and wanted to show how it felt growing up in the estate, being chased and told I was an alien. The suit was inspired by Afronauts and Power Rangers and the intro was a reference to Mr. Bean. The backstory is that the version of Eritrea that my parents struggled for, that never was, actually existed on another planet. That's where my papers come from."

    Awate will be on tour around the UK with Lowkey in September and opening for Black Star in London on 20th October.

    'Displaced' is taken from the 'Shine Ancient' EP.

    www.facebook.com/awatemusic

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  • 18 Aug, 2017

    Awate: Supports Black Star

    Awate will support the legendary hip-hop duo Black Star aka Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli, at the Troxy in London on 20th October.
    Tickets available from the link below.

    www.soundcrashmusic.com/blackstar

     
  • 18 Aug, 2017

    Awate: Supports Black Star

    Awate will support the legendary hip-hop duo Black Star aka Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli, at the Troxy in London on 20th October.
    Tickets available from the link below.

    www.soundcrashmusic.com/blackstar

     
  • 18 Feb, 2017

    Awate: Old Blue Last, London

    Awate will appear at the Old Blue Last in London on 29th March.

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  • 18 Feb, 2017

    Awate: Old Blue Last, London

    Awate will appear at the Old Blue Last in London on 29th March.

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  • 02 Feb, 2017

    Awate: New Video 'Out Here'

    Awate unveils a new video for the track 'Out Here', taken from the 'Shine Ancient' EP.

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  • 02 Feb, 2017

    Awate: New Video 'Out Here'

    Awate unveils a new video for the track 'Out Here', taken from the 'Shine Ancient' EP.

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  • 21 Jan, 2017

    Awate: London Evening Standard 'Young Progress Makers'

    Awate has been featured in the Evening Standard as one of the '7 Most Inspiring Young People Who Are Changing The Capital'. He will be appearing at their Young Progress Makers event at Camden's Roundhouse on 25th January.

    www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/7-of-londons-most-inspiring-young-people-who-are-changing-the-capital-a3445741.html

     
  • 21 Jan, 2017

    Awate: London Evening Standard 'Young Progress Makers'

    Awate has been featured in the Evening Standard as one of the '7 Most Inspiring Young People Who Are Changing The Capital'. He will be appearing at their Young Progress Makers event at Camden's Roundhouse on 25th January.

    www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/7-of-londons-most-inspiring-young-people-who-are-changing-the-capital-a3445741.html

     
  • 03 Nov, 2016

    Awate: New Video For 'Uncontrollable Dopeness'

    Awate has premiered his new video for 'Uncontrollable Dopeness' at Huck Magazine, from his 'Shine Ancient' EP available now.

    www.huckmagazine.com/art-and-culture/music-2/awate-north-london-rapper-fighting-racial-justice

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  • 03 Nov, 2016

    Awate: New Video For 'Uncontrollable Dopeness'

    Awate has premiered his new video for 'Uncontrollable Dopeness' at Huck Magazine, from his 'Shine Ancient' EP available now.

    www.huckmagazine.com/art-and-culture/music-2/awate-north-london-rapper-fighting-racial-justice

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