reclaim the archive


Shay D hails from North London, her upbringing forming the core of her sound. The Persian lyricist, an unafraid rule breaker, led the first ever all female Hip Hop tour in the UK. She effortlessly crosses genres, from Grime to Hip Hop to Spoken Word, with her fiery delivery and unapologetic lyricism, and high energy performances.

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Big Zuu swapped his university course in social work with music once his rap career began to blow up on the back of a string of self-released singles. He is all about empowering young people, and sees his music ‘basically as youth work on a bigger scale’. Big Zuu’s TV career begun in 2019 when UKTV’s channel Dave commissioned him to front a food programme ‘Big Zuu Eats’.

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Rapper originally from Eritrea, raised in Camden / London, AWATE’s music weaves together psychedelic melodies with sharp, witty lyrics. AWATE recently won the British Library's BL Labs’ artistic award for his ‘The Unearthed Odyssey’ Unlock Our Sound Heritage piece. The genre-bending conceptual Afrofuturist album was created using the sound archive's samples.


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AWATE's Residency

The Patterns We Made is a visual album by poet Zia Ahmed, produced by Hossam Fazulla. The album tackles issues of social justice, and identity in the times of the pandemic.

A collaborative residency project looking at how Hip Hop artists can speak back to the Archive in order to decolonise and re-connect cultural histories, insert new and retrieve silenced voices.


AWATE – who are we?

1. Awate reseacrh blog 1
Notes and research for Hip Hop Pedagogy and Power.
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Queens of Arts


The first ever all-female hip hop tour, is coming soon to Cambridge.

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Sotheby's Hip Hop Sale

Resident Artists re-visit Tate Archive to meet the Archives team and reflect on the project
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Ty: UK rapper dies aged 47 


Ty, the acclaimed, Mercury-nominated UK rapper, has died aged 47.

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Resident artists Shay D and AWATE will be visiting Plymouth College of Art ...
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Resident Artists re-visit Tate Archive to meet the Archives team and reflect on the project

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