The Worldwide Awards are back for another year. Returning to London’s KOKO once again, it’s an evening dedicated to championing the best in underground music. As ever, it’s about celebrating the best of 2016 while shining a light on the acts coming through for the year ahead.
A reflection of Gilles Peterson’s breadth as a tastemaker, the Worldwide Awards are about showcasing esoteric displays, beefed up DJ sets and everything in between. As an event, it’s a one-off: running for eight hours, it’s a musical marathon hosted and curated by Gilles himself, showing the same reverence for club bangers as for jazz opuses.
Last year’s winners included Kamasi Washington and Anderson .Paak (who performed on the night), while it was the debut year for the super band – led by ascendent drummer and beatmaker Moses Boyd – who provided the backdrop for acts through the night like Eska and Little Simz. 2017 sees the super band back in the mix, along with a live stream for the people at home.
And here we are with the first line-up taster; that genuine one-off seminal grime-MC, Trim is confirmed to perform on the night, likely to bring some fresh cuts from his recent 1-800 DINOSAUR release, alongside some of his O-G mixtape sounds .
Setting the tone for the true broadness of the Worldwide spectrum, we have recent Ninja Tune signing Sarathy Korwar - the percussionist, drummer and producer fusing traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India, with jazz and electronics. Finally, the musical stylings of some of London’s most exciting young instrumentalists; Ezra Collective, bring their respective hip-hop, jazz, reggae and afro-beat inspirations and everything in between to the stage at KOKO.