Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2018

Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Instrument/voice type: Rapper/Producer

Location: London


AWATE is a visionary rapper from Eritrea weaving together psychedelic melodies and sharp, witty lyrics. Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Camden where he was a Resident Artist at The Roundhouse, AWATE gained the respect of artists such as Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Lowkey and Pharoahe Monch.

With Turkish Dcypha's infectious, funk based production, AWATE's critically acclaimed Shine Ancient EP and Happiness LP have been praised and featured on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and 6Music as well as Noisey, Spotify and The Guardian and garnered a nomination for Best Urban Act at the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards.

Having a reputation for energetic and emotive performances, AWATE has performed on every continent as and toured extensively with Lowkey as well as supporting Black Star, Ghetts and Shabazz Palaces - 2018 saw this London griot's first headline tour with shows in the UK, Spain and the USA.