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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 as one of London's finest writers.

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. Happiness was recently described by Trench Mag as a "British rap masterpiece".

Having a reputation for energetic and emotive performances, supporting Black Star, Ghetts and Shabazz Palaces 2018 saw this London griot's first headline tour with shows in the UK, Spain, the USA and Brazil.

Photo by Okwaeze Otusi.

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  • 11 May, 2019

    The Great Escape: Saturday 11th May

    The third and final day of Brighton's The Great Escape festival in Brighton, again features many artists from the Primary Talent International roster.

    Saturday 11th May:
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...Alfie Templeman
    ...Charly Bliss
    ...These New South Whales
    ...Swimming Girls
    ...Sullii
    ...Amahla
    ...Awate
    ...Big Heath
    ...Just Banco
    ...Jaykae
    ...Talk Show
    ...Aitch
    ...Can't Swim
    ...Injury Reserve
    ...Anna Calvi
    ...The Intergalactic Republic of Kongo
    ...Saint Agnes
    ...Pixx

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 06 Dec, 2018

    FACT Magazine 'Best UK Rap Of 2018'

    FACT Magazine's list of the 'Best UK Rap of 2018', includes releases by Primary Talent International artists:

    ...Dapz On The Map
    ...Awate
    ...Dizzee Rascal!
    ...Jelani Blackman
    ...Aitch

    www.factmag.com/2018/12/05/best-uk-rap-2018

  • 18 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Friday 18th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists will be taking part.

    Friday 18th May
    ...Kawala
    ...Pale Grey
    ...WWWater
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...ABQ
    ...TOUTS
    ...Canshaker Pi
    ...EERA
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...BLOXX
    ...Nilufer Yanya
    ...Ama Lou
    ...Kioko
    ...Awate
    ...Dylan Cartlidge
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Ebenezer
    ...Sports Team
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Slowthai
    ...Connie Constance
    ...Avalanche Party
    ...Yellow Days
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...SASSY 009
    ...Sorry
    ...Erol Alkan
    ...Esther Joy
    ...Cowboy Rhythmbox

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 20 Mar, 2018

    Awate: Press Features & Interviews

    Awate debut album 'Happiness' is discussed in these features.

    www.m-magazine.co.uk/features/interviews/interview-awate

    www.cultivationuk.com/2018/03/16/awate-cultivation-interviews

    www.highlightnation.com/music/interview-north-london-rapper-awate-talks-beat-making-and-creative-influences

  • 20 Feb, 2018

    Awate: Spotify 'Alternative Hip-Hop' Playlist

    Awate is the face of Spotify's 'Alternative Hip-Hop' playlist, which features his tracks 'The Ghetto' & 'Guillotines'.

    www.facebook.com/awatemusic

  • 20 Feb, 2018

    Awate: Interviewed On BBC Radio 1Xtra

    Awate was interviewed by Semtex on his show on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

    www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05yg9dg

  • 16 Feb, 2018

    Awate: New Album 'Happiness' Released Today

    Awate's new album 'Happiness' is released today, and he is interviewed in Noisey.

    www.noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/j5bgdg/awate-happiness-album-police-court-cases-activism-interview

  • 20 Jan, 2018

    The Great Escape 2018

    Brighton's The Great Escape festival, will take place at various venues around the city between the 17th-19th May. Many Primary Talent artists will be participating, as follows:

    ...Ama Lou
    ...Awate
    ...Bad Gyal
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...Ebenezer
    ...FREAK
    ...Girlhood
    ...Joy Crookes
    ...King Nun
    ...MoStack
    ...Mist
    ...Pale Waves
    ...Promiseland
    ...S4U
    ...Sports Team
    ...Ten Tonnes

    www.greatescapefestival.com/line-up

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  • 19 Jan, 2018

    Unsigned Music Awards 2018

    Many Primary Talent International artists have been longlisted in the Unsigned Music Awards. The shortlists will be announced on 7th March, and the final winners at an event at the Brighton Centre on 16th May, as part of the opening ceremony of the Great Escape Festival.

    Best Male Solo Act
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Col3trane
    ...Puma Blue

    Best Female Solo Act
    ...Bryde
    ...Joy Crookes
    ...Lyves
    ...Ray BLK

    Best Songwriter
    ...Carmody

    Best Urban Act
    ...Awate
    ...Benny Mails
    ...Dave

    www.umamusic.com/theumas

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  • 06 Dec, 2017

    Awate: Debut Album & Roundhouse Show

    Awate releases his debut album 'Happiness' on 16th February on Quite Defiant Records. He will play the Sackler Space at London's Roundhouse on 22nd February.

    www.facebook.com/awatemusic

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