Luke RV | Kiddus
Thursday 02/03/2023
  • BAWO
  • Luke RV | Kiddus
  • Date: Thursday 02/03/2023
  • Time: 7.00pm
  • Price: £10.00
  • Age Restrictions: 16+
  • Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach

West-London native Bawo makes imaginative and borderless hip-hop, and is of the UK’s most exciting emerging acts.

Born and raised in west London, Bawo is an artist of Nigerian heritage who uses his music as a vessel to reflect his upbringing and the diversity of life in his city. Drawing influence from various places – his parents’ eclectic collection of Nigerian music and music from around the world, his dad playing 50 Cent and Akon albums in the car on repeat, gospel music from time spent in the church and pop music on the mega music TV channels – he makes imaginative and borderless hip hop that incorporates a world of different sounds. Through honest storytelling, Bawo taps into his reflective nature to highlight culture and experiences; he tells stories of relationships with different people in his life, personal hardships and lessons learnt, his upbringing in a Nigerian household and the different cultures living in multicultural London.

Bawo has been spending time in professional recording environments since his teenage years, absorbing knowledge and experience and progressing into recording and creating ideas himself. From his early teens, Bawo has spent hours in recording environments and studios. Here, he was able to soak up enough experience and knowledge to develop his own creative ideas, beginning to establish his own recording process for material to come. Starting out on Soundcloud, his first official release came in 2019 and he has continued to progress ever since, successfully highlighting his fluidity and ability to naturally shift across different tempos and genres. As well as showing breadth and diversity in his talents, his art is multi-disciplinary, with visual-only releases and one-off freestyles also playing a vital role in his output.

2021 saw the release of his debut project Live & Let Thrive which firmly placed Bawo on the map as an artist to watch on the scene. After quickly selling out his first headline show at The Social at the end of 2021, Bawo has followed this up with a string of singles that further underscore his ability to effortlessly create whatever sound he wants. Bawo has had some very strong support and co-signs this year, standing alongside some of the UK’s most exciting hip hop talent. In May, he supported Knucks on his sold out Alpha Place nationwide tour, playing in London, Bristol and Birmingham. He was invited by Kojey Radical to play on the Dr Martens x Kojey Radical stage at The Great Escape in Brighton alongside some other very exciting, rising talents.

He has received organic early support from key tastemakers across the internet, including Pitchfork, DUMMY, Clash & Complex UK, he’s also received nods from COLORS. Not stopping there, he has progressively amassed significant radio support for his music from the likes of Kenny Allstar, Jamz Supernova, Snoochie Shy, Jack Saunders and DJ Target on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1’s Snoochie Shy’s show and Gemma Bradley’s BBC Introducing. As well as this support from the industry, Bawo has collaborated with other powerhouses in his musical world. He released a collaboration with Minikingz’s Oscar #Worldpeace as part of the French DJ collective 99Ginger’s yearly compilation tape. He has also collaborated on Louis Culture’s most recent single, 7AM, produced by Canadian producer YAMA//SATO, receiving support from many tastemakers including Benji B. Most recently, he featured on Ayrtn’s latest project, Too Awesome.

The rapper’s most popular songs, “Starts with a Text” and “Brasileiro” have amassed over 3 million Spotify streams each and since 2019, he has amassed over 10 million streams across the platform.