Industry News: D’Banj, Sarkodie & P-Square Nominated for the Prestigious MOBO Awards

Congratulations to Africa’s leading artists D’Banj and P-Square who have been nominated for the 2012 MOBO Awards in the ‘Best African Act’Category. Also nominated at MOBO this year are: Fally Ipupa (DRC), Cabo Snoop (Angola), Michael Kiwanuka (Uganda), Spoek Mathambo (South Africa) and Camp Mulla (Kenya).

“About MOBO
Founded in 1996, the MOBO Organisation was established by Kanya King MBE to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists who perform music in genres ranging from Gospel, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Reggae to Hip Hop. Over the past 17 years MOBO has played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.

MOBO has grown quickly to become Europe’s leading urban music brand and supports urban music in the following areas:

MOBO host a number of events throughout the year to acknowledge, recognise and reward artists for their achievements in urban music as well as champion new talent and provide a platform for emerging artists.

The annual MOBO Awards has become one of the most televised music shows in the world and showcases the best British and international urban music talent. The MOBO Awards continue to attract the largest prime time multicultural audience in Europe, due in no small part to the fact that MOBO has played host to the music industry’s finest, jaw-dropping performances from the cream of both UK and international talent. Over the years artists have included: Janet Jackson, P Diddy, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, Jay- Z, LL Cool J, Usher, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, JLS, Tinie Tempah to name but a few. As well as showcasing a wide array of top international talent, MOBO is proud to have been a catalyst in the careers of numerous UK artists such as Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, Kano, N-Dubz, Chipmunk – all of whom have gone on to achieve global success after winning the MOBO Best Newcomer Award.

Having played at every iconic venue in London, including the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena and being the first multi-artist event at the O2, 2009 saw the MOBO Awards moving from its London birthplace to the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland and the Echo Arena in Liverpool in 2010. These cities have hosted the largest Awards shows yet with 14 acts performed to sold-out arenas with around 5 million people watching the events live across the BBC.

In addition to recognising established artists, the annual MOBO UnSung talent search uncovers up and coming urban artists across the UK. A panel of industry judges decides on the MOBO UnSung winner from eight regions across the UK with the winning artists receiving mentoring, development and industry advice from MOBO. Up and coming artists are also given the platform to perform on the annual MOBO Tour in some 8 – 10 intimate venues in cities across the UK. 2012 saw performances from Clement Marfoe, Lady Leshurr and Josh Osho who have all gone on to achieve chart success in the same year . . . “

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