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Lowkey on Sunday 24th June 2018
Leading light of the UK hip-hop scene and strong campaigning voice for the rights of refugees, Lowkey is the ideal artist to be taking the lead at such an important time in the Festival’s history.
As one of the UK's most potent and electrifying rappers, Lowkey is a towering figure of the British hip-hop scene who renews the tradition of conscious activism for a generation brought up with the War on Terrorism. Fusing politically charged lyrics and agile dissection of topics such as race, war, global poverty and internationalist politics with anthemic choruses and an unrelentingly energetic performance, Lowkey commands a keen and growing legion of followers - still treading new ground and generating fresh enthusiasm 14 years after releasing his first mixtape. After working with various artists such as Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and members of Babyshambles to form the group Mongrel, Lowkey partook in several humanitarian aid missions in Palestine and various other charity projects, he released his critically acclaimed sophomore outing, Soundtrack to the Struggle, in 2011.
After retiring for a brief spell until last year Lowkey has returned on form and with a batch of new releases & collaborations including poignant singles about the international refugee crises & freedom of movement, Ahmed & Children of Diaspora. With sold-out dates across the UK, Lowkey continues to make a lasting mark in the global hip-hop consciousness.
Lowkey is currently working with the Palestinian artist duo EbsilJaz on a special collaboration, the fruits of which to be presented on the night of the event. EbsilJaz artists both grew up in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria before meeting in London. Since they have been writing and performing hip-hop, sharing their experience of exile and messages of resistance.
The supporting act is Mohammed Yahya, London based rapper and spoken word artist. He makes up one half of the Hip-Hop/ Afro Soul Duo Native Sun.
Born in Mozambique in 1980 during the civil war, Mohammed Yahya was forced to flee his country at the age of two and take refuge in Lisbon. Experiences of racism inspired him to start writing poetry which eventually turned into rap.
Music Genres: African, Grime, Hip Hop, Rap, Soul
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