Presented by International Hip-Hop + R&B


Mar 16, 2023

11:40pm – 12:20am CT

Higher Ground

Pronouns: They/Them
Emerging into the scene in 2017, Yugambeh/Kombumerri based artist Jesswar has
quickly established themselves in the industry as a blended powerhouse, weaving lyrical
genius and effortlessly merging genres. Their sound is constantly evolving; fusing Hip-
Hop, pop, and bass-heavy beats into an all-encompassing sound spectrum. Strong in
their identity, Jesswar has created their own path to success with a relentless work ethic
for going after what they want.

In 2021, the Sydney Morning Herald described Jesswar’s debut EP ‘TROPIXX’ as “a
moment impossible to ignore” and was celebrated by Waevz Au as “one of the strongest
EPs in Australian hip hop”. Their electric on (and off) stage presence plus versatile sound
has seen them enthralling audiences across the country.
Their live achievements already include a SOLD OUT East Coast tour, Australian headline
shows, and performances at Splendor in the Grass, Groovin the Moo, and Laneway.
They’ve collaborated with the likes of Erica Banks, Godlands, Tasha the
Amazon & Papertoy.

With Fijian-Australian roots, Jesswar - Winner of the Gold Coast Music Awards Breakout
Artist of the Year (2021), Queensland Music Awards Best Hip

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