“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. Full line-up of collaborators will be published here in a short while.
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!
|Time||7:00 pm - 11:30 pm|
1A Camden High Street