The MOBOs “Music of Black Origin” Awards is back on the 29th November, in Leeds, for their 22nd show, to celebrate urban and black music culture of the world.
The MOBO awards allow artists to express themselves in ways which were not ever possible before. It is an opportunity for many singers to share their talents and passions with the wider audience of listeners and make a mark on the world of music.
Since the first show, in 1996, the popularity and size of the MOBO awards has grown, doubled and tripled; with new artists coming left, right and centre. Celebrating and bringing awareness of how important it is to applaud and acknowledge Hip Hop, RnB, Grime, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel and African music.
Many renowned UK names have sung on the stage for MOBO which gave them a leap to worldwide success and are now able to share their talents with listeners globally. As well as UK artists, American and global artists have attended the shows over the years. These have included Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Tinie Tempah, Tina Turner, Jay-Z and many, many more incredible music geniuses.
As well as the awards, recently the MOBO trust has been established to support young people in advancing within the performing arts industry. The charity, established in 2016, provides help to those from diverse cultures; to motivate, elevate and inspire exceptional talents.
You can vote and purchase tickets for the MOBO awards on their website: http://beta.mobo.com/ or listen to it live on BBC radio.
This year it is the strongest line up for women in the music industry to date, and the names you really should be paying attention to:
A Swedish singer and songwriter, born in Málaga and raised in Stockholm, known for her hit ‘Finders Keepers’ and ‘Know me Better’ has been nominated for Best Female
British singer and songwriter born in Nigeria who grew up in south east London. A winner of the BBC Sound of 2017 and first unsigned artist to do so. Her recent album ‘Durt’ features Stormzy and draws on RnB but levels at pure British lyrics.
Jamaican heritage meets Birmingham culture and Netherlands upbringing. Stefflon Don’s ‘Hurtin’ me’ is a hit and she is currently in the progress of working with Drake; watch this space!
A Scottish singer and songwriter, first featured in Chipmunk’s ‘Diamond Rings’, but since then she has come a long way. With two number-one singles across the UK and won her fourth Brit award for Best British Female Solo Artist. She is striving and reaching for above and beyond.
Words : Aiste Niuniavaite