Awate Presents: About Us!

Sat 25 Jun 2022, 7.45pm
Part of Refugee Week
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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AWATE, artist, on a bus stage

Witness paradigm-shifting music, movement and spoken word in an evening with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Isatta Sheriff, Kofi Stone, TrYb and Susanne Xin.

The Eritrean-born, Camden-raised wordsmith, poet, rapper, producer and activist Awate curates this event as part of Refugee Week 2022.

He’s brought together a line-up of international artists, including resident DJ for the night TrYb, as well as live performances from poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan; MC, rapper, producer and songwriter Isatta Sheriff; hip-hop artist Kofi Stone; and performing artist and pianist Susanne Xin.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a poet, writer and educator. She is the author of Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia and poetry collection Postcolonial Banter, and host of the Breaking Binaries podcast. Manzoor-Khan is published in anthologies focused on resisting racism. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent and Al-Jazeera, and her poetry performances have millions of views online.

Isatta Sheriff is an MC, rapper, producer and songwriter, and has developed into an eloquent voice of a generation. Sheriff’s self-produced EP A Kind of Biography was released in 2021 on her newly formed label Doctored Sound, where she also released four new acts to the UK scene on The Miseducation of the Insta Generation.

Kofi Stone creates introspective and relatable soulful hip-hop. He released debut single ‘Stories in Pyjamas’ followed by ‘Nothing Ain’t Free’ in 2017. His debut album, Nobody Cares Till Everybody Does, was released at the end of 2019, and featured collaborations from Loyle Carner, Maverick Sabre and Ady Suleiman. In 2021, Stone returned with three new singles and a sell-out UK tour.

TrYb blurs the lines between genres from around the world. He is the host of the Afrotronic show on Threads Radio, Highlife & Sunshine on NTS, Thiiird Waves on Soho Radio and TrYb's Beats and Bass on 1020 Radio.

Susanne Xin is a Norwegian Vietnamese performing artist, pianist and music pedagogue. Inspired by how everyday moments and actions develop in cultural diversity, Xin creates a meditative and mindful landscape with a prepared piano and pushes the boundaries of genre and style through contemporary improvisation by connecting sound, text and movement.

Awate has past commissions or residencies with The Roundhouse, The British Library Sound Archive, Tate Archives, PRS Foundation, British Council and Counterpoints Arts.

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Age recommendation

For ages 16+

Dates & times

Sat 25 Jun 2022, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 15 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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  • Concessions25%**

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