Following a HUGE break out year, don’t miss the chance to see 2018 triple j Unearthed artist of the year, Kwame at his first headline shows for 2019 – on the ‘CLOUDS.’ single tour. Recently announced to play global tastemaker festival SXSW, Kwame has a huge year ahead of him.Gaining a reputation for his charismatic performances, each explosive live show will be full of surprises.
The Western Sydney producer, writer, rapper and engineer’s success has appeared to be limitless in 2018. Singles ‘WOW’ and ‘NO TIME’ have now clocked over 5 million streams between them – all receiving triple j rotation. Plus latest offering ‘CLOUDS’ was premiered with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1.
Following a suite of festival performances in 2018 including Splendour in the Grass, Bay Dreams (NZ) and triple j’s One Night Stand; Kwame also supported heavyweights Skepta, Migos, 6LACK, Peking Duk, Vera Blue, Tkay Maidza and AJ Tracey. Now he heads out on a very special run of intimate headline shows. With extra shows announced and the entire tour poised to sell out, venues will be dripping with hype.
As Kwame says in ‘CLOUDS.’, he “can never stop” and penned the catchy chorus with live shows in mind. “I cannot wait to see people scream when I play it at shows because the meaning behind the line is the goodness and rare qualities that we possess as individuals than can’t be seen at surface appearance. We need to realise the power we all hold – we’re headed for the clouds, it’s only up from here.”
A debut album is a momentous occasion, so it’s with great anticipation we reveal ‘Area Famous’ from B Wise, one of Australia’s most exciting new talents, set for release on Friday 14 September. You don’t need to understand the importance of Sydney’s South-West to appreciate the music of B Wise, but the neighbourhoods he grew up in shaped the artist you’re hearing.
The songs celebrate the suburban streets where fibro and brick are intermixed, kids in the front yard, cars on the lawn and the greatest social melting pot in Australia wakes up everyday and makes a go of it. Wise is a product of that multicultural spirit of respect and aspiration, and they’re found throughout his scintillating flows on ‘Area Famous’.
It’s been a hectic 10 months for the rapper, with the success of singles Feel Something and The Key, a 35 date national tour with Thundamentals, a show-stopping performance at Splendour in the Grass and a huge triple Like A Version appearance in June.
From the initial waves he created off the back of Prince Akeem, B Wise has continually delivered impactful songwriting and opened up a distinct lane in Australian music. It’s a lane that connects with young African youth as much as it does suburban triple j listeners. ‘Area Famous’ is the grand statement of an artist we’ve been waiting for, someone who doesn’t look or feel like anything we’ve heard before.
From the joy and energy of The Key to the collected confidence of Actin’ Different, or the rich storytelling on the Kaiit assisted Time, ‘Area Famous’ is a fierce body of work. It features production by beatsmiths on the cutting edge of their craft; from grammy nominated Uno Stereo to DOPAM!NE, Adit (Horrorshow), Willie Tafa, Juve and more.
With the announcement of his debut album dropping next month, B Wise will be celebrating with his first headline tour across Australia kicking off in October! Presented by triple j, Niche and Elefant Traks.
B Wise ‘Area Famous’ National Tour triple j, Niche & Elefant Traks present Fri 5 Oct – The Lansdowne, Sydney Sat 6 Oct – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle Fri 12 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Sat 13 Oct – Karova Lounge, Ballarat Sat 20 Oct – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane Fri 26 Oct – Transit Bar, Canberra Fri 2 Nov – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth Sat 3 Nov – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Tickets are on sale now available at www.ugottabwise.com.‘Area Famous’ is out on Friday September 14th, through Elefant Traks.