MOBOs 2013 Winners: The 18th Edition

The Music Of Black Origin Awards has come such a long way since 1997. Now that’s turned 18, it’s no wonder that the event has become one of the biggest awards ceremonies in the UK…going all the way to the Scottish Highlands (i.e. Glasgow) to celebrate it’s 18th anniversary.



For those that didn’t tune in last weekend. Here’s my recap of the winners on the night.

It was a double-victory for Laura Mvula, who won Best Female and Best R&B/Soul Category. Beating the likes of both Jessies (Jessie J & Jessie Ware), Lianne La Havas and Rita Ora (oomph now that is a tough shortlist). Sister has just begun her quest for stardom. After being shortlisted for both the BRITS 2013 critics Choice Awards and BBC’s Sound of 2013,  the singer has already got her eyes on America. Also joining the double gains is musician, producer and songwriter Shahid Khan aka Naughty Boy.

Grime icon legend Wiley won the Best Male Act whilst Rudimental took home Best Album. Internationally, Kendrick Lamar won the Best International Act. Despite the brother causing a ‘stir’ with his ‘Control’ verse, in some way, he may be laughing now. So to all you rappers that was called out, it’s time for a game upgrade…

In terms of homegrown talent from the underground streets of UK, A HUGE CONGRATS to Krept & Konan. The unsigned duo won Best Newcomer and a HTC phone! All with the 18ct gold and ‘everythang’… hey hey hey hey. Fuse ODG won best African Act.

Surprisingly, the track #Antenna has become big hit on US BET’s 106 & Park…even though the real winners are the boy & girl.

Either way, the dance craze from the beautiful shores of Ghana has created awareness about the emerging genre of African music (afrobeats) and the rise of artists that are either cooler, if not better than D’banj, which I haven’t really heard anything new from him since ‘Oliver Twist’. Plus, it’s funny when you mention ‘Afrobeats’ to the main public (who are no offense, predominately white) they would just think ‘Oliver Twist’!

Tinie Tempah won Best UK Hip Hop/Grime. The ‘Pass Out’ rapper who gained success-after-success since his debut launch in 2011. He too has experienced great rewards in the US; so I’m sure his new album ‘Demonstration’ is a compliment to that. Although, he has been criticised by many UK grime artists for just bringing to the UK music beats that are really hot in the States. Oh well, as they say, you can’t please everybody…

Sean Paul won Best Reggae, Lurine Cato got the Best Gospel and Sons of Kemet won Best Jazz.

So yh, that’s it peeps for this years’ 18th Anniversary of the MOBOs. Just wondering whether they will do a 21st, 25th or even 30th in the years to come.


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