Preview: Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards @ Koko (London; 20th January 2018)

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Relentlessly spinning; never still. Gilles Peterson always has one eye on the future: a taste-making muso of the highest form with an ear for the best new beats and sounds. Every year he hosts the annual Worldwide Awards which celebrates the best in underground music. He’ll be back at Koko in Camden on the 20th of January for one of the highlights of the year, showcasing both live and electronic music and introducing us to his favourite new acts.

IAMDDB is a young Mancunian rapper who embraces her spirituality with reality, and, despite being in her early twenties, is already worldly-wise, sassy and empowered. Her track ‘Shade’ is nominated for Song of the Year, and she brings wild female abandon which she relates with honest spits of her everyday observations.

Another stirring band on the horizon is BCUC: a seven-piece psychedelic pop Afro-soul band from Soweto, Johannesburg. Playful yet still honing their political stance, this group coaxes you into forgetting the rules. With manic spiritual chants, banging drums, hyperactive limbs, and nose flutes, you’ll soon be joining them in musical praise.

If you haven’t already heard that jazz is making a big come-back, you’ll notice that Gilles is dedicating a whole awards line-up to the genre with his Jazz Album of the Year. Nubya Garcia, one of London’s most captivating saxophonists, appears on the line-up. Not only is she a master composer with infectious melodies, she also has a band of friends who make up the freshest jazz musicians on the scene.

Other artists on the line-up include: Hello Skinny, James Holden, Jamz Supernova, Khruangbin, Oscar Jerome, Skinny Pelembe, Yazmin Lacey, and Zed Bias.

The best way to prepare for this event is to buy your tickets early and start indulging in the worldwide playlists. It’s time to start looking forward to the month we usually dread and take in January with the best crop of the musical underground.

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