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MOBO Awards set for Nov 29

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards are set to return to Leeds in the United Kingdom on November 29.

The award recognises the achievements of artists performing in genres including hip hop, soul, jazz, gospel, reggae and R&B. The awards have done much to elevate black music into the mainstream.

Jamaican acts have been winners in the reggae category over the years. Gyptian won in 2010; Sean Paul has taken home the MOBO trophy on two occasions — in 2013 and 2014, while Popcaan was the 2016 winner.

The organisers are remaining tight-lipped as to who will be taking to the stage to provide the entertainment this year.

MOBO founder Kanya King said: “We are truly excited to return to Leeds — we had an amazing experience here two years ago, thanks to all our partners and a very enthusiastic and welcoming audience.

“I still have people coming up to me saying what an electrifying show it was. Looking at the list of musical talent this year, it promises to be another exciting celebration of the best in urban music.”

The awards were last held in Leeds in 2015 where grime was the big winner. Stormzy took home the gongs for Best Male Act and Best Grime Act, while Skepta won Best Song for Shutdown. Elsewhere, Krept And Conan won Best Hip Hop Act and Best Album for The Long Way Home, while “Godfather Of Grime” Wiley won a Paving The Way award recognition of his pioneering work. The awards were held at the Leeds Arena.

Performers that night included Lethal Bizzle, FKA Twigs, Ella Eyre, and CeeLo Green.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome the MOBO Awards back to Leeds following a very successful event in 2015.

“It is hugely important that as we bid for European Capital Culture, we find every opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity of the city on an international stage and MOBO Awards, with its support for emerging artists and worldwide reputation for championing music of black origin, is a fantastic platform for this.”