“Arguably the biggest name on the UK hip-hop underground scene” The Guardian
“Soundtrack To The Struggle solidifies Lowkey’s position at the forefront of UK hip hop” SBTV
WE ARE DELIGHTED to announce our collaboration with Lowkey, the amazing artist and activist who has been at the forefront of the UK Hip Hop scene for years, and one consistent voice of support for refugee rights.
The concert, at KOKO, will mark Refugee Week’s 20th birthday and will feature musicians from refugee and migrant communities.
The support act is the brilliant and full of energy Mohammed Yahya & Native Sun. Mohammed is a Mozambican born, London based rapper and spoken word artist. Mohammed is collaborating with us on another Refugee Week linked surprise, more details of this coming soon.
At the moment Lowkey is crafting a collaboration with Palestinian artist duo EbzilJaz. We cannot wait to hear the fruit of their labour on the KOKO stage.
Broadcaster, actor and poet Mim Shaikh joins the line up, performing his moving and brilliant Letter to my Mother piece. Award winning broadcaster, he hosts the weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Mim is currently filming his first televised documentary for BBC Three focusing on the themes of Fatherlessness, where Mim is on a journey of reconnection with his biological Father.
Hosting on the night will be in the hands of the talented and amazing Stephanie (Sonority) Turner. Poet, writer, performer, singer, visual artist and creative community facilitator, Stephanie is a founding member of the Keats House Poets. She is currently developing new writing after a significant trip to Nigeria reconnecting her severed family roots. Watch out for this.
One of the UK’s most potent and electrifying rappers, Lowkey is a towering figure of the scene, renewing the old tradition of conscious hip-hop activism for a growing legion of followers from the war on terror generation. Fusing politically charged lyrics and deft dissection of topics such as race, war, global poverty and politics with anthemic choruses and unrelentingly energetic performance, Lowkey is still treading new ground and generating fresh hysteria 14 years after releasing his first mixtape.
Lowkey first started rapping at the age of 12 and cut his teeth at Carnaby Street’s legendary Deal Real records. After releasing his respected 2003 Key to the Game mixtape, he took a hiatus and returned in 2009 with debut full length Dear Listener, at the same time as releasing an album with Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and members of Babyshambles to form the group Mongrel. Following several humanitarian aid missions in Palestine and various charity projects, he released his critically acclaimed sophomore outing, Soundtrack to the Struggle, in 2011.
Back on form and with a slew of new releases and collaborations including his poignant singles Ahmed & Children of Diaspora alongside a largely sold-out UK tour in 2016, Lowkey is fully done with retirement and ready to make more memorable marks in the global hip-hop consciousness.
We hope to see many of you there. It’ll be an exciting night of music, solidarity and education for all of us!