12 - 14 July 2024 GLASGOW GREEN @TRNSMTFEST

Bakar

Bakar
Main Stage Sunday, 14 July
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Bakar is quite simply one of the most exciting artists in Britain right now. Resisting categorisation during his steady growth into the spotlight, he offers all the lyrical power of a rapper, the virtuosic poise of a producer and the pop craft of a singer-songwriter. Following two show-stopping mixtapes, cosigns from several members of music royalty, modelling campaigns with Louis Vuitton and Prada, and a single that topped a Billboard chart in the US, he’s now preparing to send shockwaves around the world with the followup to his 2022 debut album Nobody’s Home. With a mum from Tanzania and a dad from Yemen, Bakar — full name Abubakar Baker ShariffFarr — grew up in Camden, north London. His father was largely absent, leaving his mum to raise him and his younger brother on Choice FM, R&B CDs and the Quran. During trips back to Tanzania, Bakar first stepped foot in a music studio thanks to his uncle, who ran a local record label. He describes those trips as deeply humbling, renewing his appreciation for the life he had in London. He started studying at state school, but his mum was co