I hope the aforementioned has caught your interest and you read on for the artists’ bio’s and music links:
AWATE: Awate is a rapper and producer of Eritrean descent from London’s Camden. Having started out at the age of 12, he started collaborating and performing at an early age, gaining fans like Idris Elba and Yasiin Bey. Featured on BBC 1Xtra and KISS FM, Awate toured worldwide with emcee, Lowkey for four years and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica and Smif n Wessun. Using the dusty, psychedelic funk samples provided by Dcypha label head, Turkish, Awate’s first release is the long awaited EP and culmination of his talents, Shine Ancient.
MULELE MATONDO AFRIKA: (who will be performing with his band Kongo Dia Ntotila whom were recently featured on BBC Mixtape) Born and raised in Kinshasa, DRC, Mulele’s music is influenced by the rich sounds and rhythms of Afrika*. Mulele played professionally from the late 1990s, enjoying success early in his career in Southern Afrika, as bassist, guitarist and arranger with a flair for Kongolese styles still popular there today. Affected by endless conflict back home, and inspired by outspoken artists before him, Mulele’s first solo album Prophecy (2012), marked a change in musical direction with bold lyrics tackling socio-political issues. In 2014, with a high calibre of DRC artists, he recorded the Kinshasa Singles. He also organised the first Festival for Peace in his home town of Matete, which went down in history as the most peaceful all-ages public event the area had seen in decades. He was honoured with an ‘Ambassador of Peace’ title by the local government for his contribution to the community. Currently, he is completing an EP with new afro-jazz project, Kongo Dia Ntotila; producing other artists; and making music videos for forthcoming new singles. His second solo album project, Biso Pasi, is also in the pipeline.