RIYL> Chris Franck, Turkish. With infectious melodies and razor sharp bars, rapper AWATE flows over psy/chedelic funk by producer, Turkish on debut album Happiness - a record written and recorded on bail. The MOBO supported artist weaves together stories from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden and his refugee expe/rience to build on his reputation as one of London's most visionary artistic forces. -2018 will see the release of AWATE-s debut LP, -Happiness-, written and recording in a two year period while AWATE was on bail for four cases which he was was eventually cleared. The release has had support from Charlie Sloth on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra, Matt Wilkinson on Beats1, The Line of Best Fit, Complex and MOBO and is entirely produced by Turkish of Dcypha *Sway, Tiggs Da Author(. A rapper and pro/ducer from Maiden Lane Estate in Camden. Honing his craft from the age of 12, he made a name for himself at the legendary hip/hop spot, Deal Real at the age of 15. AWATE learned from mentors such as Poisonous Poets rappers, Stylah and Lowkey, BBC 1Xtra-s DJ Semtex and one of his heroes, Yasiin Bey. As a refugee from Eritrea via Saudi Arabia, AWATE-s lyrics are a complex train of thought on subjects like self/esteem, racism, pride and class. Building a reputation as an electrifying and engaging live performer, AWATE has toured worldwide with Lowkey since 2010 and has supported the likes of Jay Electronica, Ghetts, Big Daddy Kane, and Blackstar *Mos Def ^ Talib Kweli(. He has also headlined and performed regularly at The Roundhouse as a Resident Artist at the iconic venue. AWATE-s long awaited first release, 2016-s -Shine Ancient- EP was premiered on Complex with features on Noisey, Huck, AFROPUNK, OkayAfrica and premiere-s on BBC 6 Music with Gilles Peterson, Jamie Kennedy on Radio X as well as support from DJ MK and Shortee Blitz on KISS.