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Institute of Contemporary Arts
January 2023
A headshot of Bawo, wearing a winter jacket and hoodie, against the hatched ceiling of Kings Cross Station

Born and raised in west London, Bawo is an artist of Nigerian heritage, who uses his music as a vessel to reflect on his upbringing and the diversity of life in his city. Through honest storytelling, the multi-talented rapper taps into relationships, personal hardships and lessons learnt, as well as his upbringing in a Nigerian household, and the different cultures of multicultural London.

From his early teens Bawo spent hours in recording environments and studios, soaking up the experience and knowledge that led him to develop his creative process, releasing his own material at first on SoundCloud in 2019. His art is multi-disciplinary, with visual releases and one-off freestyles playing a vital role in his output.

Bawo’s 2021 debut album Live & Let Thrive firmly placed the artist on the map as one to watch, selling out his first headline show at London’s The Social later in the year. He has since supported Knucks on the sold-out Alpha Place nationwide tour, and was invited by Kojey Radical to play the Dr Martens x Kojey Radical stage at The Great Escape in Brighton, alongside other rising talents.

The artist received organic early support from key tastemakers including Pitchfork, DUMMY, Clash and Complex UK to name a few. He has amassed radio airplay from the likes of Kenny Allstar, Jamz Supernova, Snoochie Shy, Jack Saunders and DJ Target on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra as well as Gemma Bradley’s BBC Introducing.
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Sat, 11 Mar 2023


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