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Zane Lowe's "next hype", Genesis Elijah, at Sage Gateshead's Urban Music Event

Posted on 18 May 2012

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Zane Lowe’s “next hype”, Genesis Elijah, at Sage Gateshead’s Urban Music Event

Saturday 19th May 2012

Genesis Elijah, one of the most sought after hip-hop artists of 2012 and named as the “next hype” by BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, is to join CoMusica’s Earthbrake Griot event at Sage Gateshead this Saturday (19th May) from 12 noon.

Griot is a West African term, meaning poet or storyteller – similar to the work of today’s MCs, many of whom will be part of this event either as performers or attendees.

As well as performances from Genesis Elijah, the event will showcase the rising artists from the urban music scene including Shaz, Kay, Audio Outlawz, Subnote, The Prophecy, Syke, Kayz and The Griots.

There will be workshops led by CoMusica’s project musicians; Sage Gateshead’s Artist in Residence Toby Heaps; and Bad Taste Cru, the professional BBoy Cru / Dance Company based out of Dance City. Genesis Elijah will also be leading on a writing workshop. These workshops will take place both inside Sage Gateshead and in the Arches spaces behind the building where a lot of existing aerosol art and music workshops take place on a regular basis, led by CoMusica and Toby Heaps.

There will be information stands for young people to learn more about the opportunities available to them – not only on the music scene but across a whole range of subjects.

The event is ticketed but free and starts at 12 noon until 6pm at Sage Gateshead and will continue with an aftershow party as part of NewcastleGateshead’s The Late Shows. This event, ‘Roots’ will start at 7.30pm in The Sanctuary Artspace, Gateshead where anyone can have a go at creating their own spray art sketchbook and take part in other hands-on activities.

CoMusica is a youth music action zone based at Sage Gateshead, providing music-making opportunities for young people including drumming and percussion, DJing, music technology, song writing, rapping, beatboxing, street theatre and cross arts activities including aerosol art and street dance.

Earthbrake is an annual event and in partnership with Keep the Faith and North East England African Community Association (NEEACA).

Tickets for Earthbreak Griot can be booked from Sage Gateshead either by calling 0191 443 4661, online at or in person from Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office. Details on The Late Shows canbe found at


For further information, images, interview requests, competition or review tickets please contact: Gaynor Ellis, Acting Marketing & Communications Manager (e) (t) 0191 443 4613

Date of release – 17 May 2012