'Skilli's' the MOBO man

DANCEHALL artiste Skillibeng is the winner of the inaugural Best Caribbean Music Act category in the 2022 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Award on Wednesday evening.

Skillibeng collected the award during the live telecast which took place at the OVO Arena in London, England.

"I represent Jamaica. I'm from a small island where it's very hard and I really appreciate this award," Skillibeng said during his acceptance speech.

The Best Caribbean Music Act category replaced the Best Reggae Act category, which was instituted in 1996.

The other nominees in the Best Caribbean Music Act category were Shenseea, Sean Paul, Spice, Koffee, and Popcaan.

This was Skillibeng's fourth MOBO nomination. He was also nominated in the Best International Act category this year, which was won by Nigerian Afrobeats star Burna Boy.

Skillibeng, who made waves in the United Kingdom with the single Whap Whap earlier this year, is signed to RCA Records.

He encouraged others to work hard to achieve their dreams.

"And to everybody that's working hard, believe in yourself, believe in your dreams. Keep doing what you do," said Skillibeng.

The lanky deejay also gave props to his team.

"Big up to all my team, everybody who supported, everybody who voted," he said.

The deejay, who told NME magazine on the red carpet at the MOBO Awards that he is working on new music, described his career as an electrifying one.

The 25-year-old artiste, whose real name is Emwah Warmington, shot onto the music scene in 2019 with the hit song Brik Pon Brik.

He later followed up with a string of hits including Crocodile Teeth, Mr Universe, Torpedo, Coke, 50 Bag, and Bin Laden.

Skillibeng during his acceptance speech at the MOBO Awards held at the OVO Arena in London, England, on Wednesday evening.
Kevin Jackson

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