Jazzie B pays tribute to the acts putting UK music on the global map in Mobos

Jazzie B pays tribute to the acts putting UK music on the global map in Mobos

Soul II Soul singer Jazzie B told the 26th Mobos Conference that the awards put UK black music on the global map with his band receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.

He took to the stage to accept the award along with the other winners, although Stormzy accepted the award for Video of the Year via an on-screen message, as did Rae, who won Best Female Act.

He told the audience in Sheffield: “The awards ceremony here, Mobus, has put UK black music on the map, globally.

“You have to understand that you have the power. The power is in your hands, and that goes back to all of our ancestors in the beginning.

“They came here in a very big boat to the mother country. Children of the Wind. Look around, we are all children of the Windrush.”

He said: “In 1987, I promised that I would put or help put black music in the UK on the map.

“Now, the reason why this is so important ladies and gentlemen, especially young people, is that in order for us to put black people in the UK on the map, I had to apologise.

“If you don’t understand that, it means we don’t have the right to do exactly what I ended up doing.

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Jazzie B attends the Mobo Awards, at Utilita Arena Sheffield (Danny Lawson/PA)

“Today, I share the stage with young artists who are all unapologetic about taking action for the future, for the UK, and for everything we stand for today.”

“There’ll be no Lover’s Rock, there’ll be no Soul II Soul, there’ll be no garage, there’ll be no jungle, there’ll be no drills, and most importantly, you people, you’ll never, ever, ever get it,” he said. an opportunity. So he believed.”

The big winner of the night was Central Cee, who took home the Best Actor and Song of the Year awards, along with Dave, for Sprinter.

Sault won Best R&B/Soul Act, Little Simz won Best Hip-Hop Act, and Bugzy Malone won Best Grime Act.

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Little Sims wins Best Hip Hop at the MOBO Awards (Danny Lawson/PA)

The Sugababes performed and received an Impact Award.

“This is like dream stuff, to be able to have your music so well received all these years later,” Kesha said after the show.

“We are so happy that our music is timeless. We are so grateful and humbled that people care.”

“I feel like the thing that makes us special is that we’re just real girls who go and do this amazing job and come home and be normal,” she said.

“Now I’m having the most fun ever,” Mujtahid said. I literally feel like this is the best time.

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Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill with the Paving The Way Award (Danny Lawson/PA)

Ms. Jessica Ennis-Hill received the Paving the Way Award.

“I’m a very proud Sheffielder. I’ve lived here all my life and the town has supported me throughout my career,” she said.

“Having Mobos here and celebrating new music in this way and getting awards as well is a double whammy.”

“I always listened to hip-hop and R&B,” she said. It’s my music. It’s something that has helped me over the years.”

“I feel really lucky,” said Gates, who received the Pioneer Award.

“When you tell your family you played music when you were young, your mother is waiting for you to get a mobo,” he said.

Gates said he would tell his mother, “This is what I won for you.”

Earlier, as she walked the red carpet at Utilita Arena Sheffield, Mobos founder Kanya King said it was “amazing” to come to the city.

“One of the important things about the Mobo Awards is to honor the past and inspire the future, so having Soul II Soul here – they’re the soundtrack to my life. So, having them here is great, just like the Sugababes and the Geats, there’s something for everyone,” Ms King said.

Singer Beverley Knight said: “The focus remains on what’s to come – the new generation, you see, of British talent. And it’s world class, beating the world.”

“When I first started there were just a few of us, and we didn’t have that kind of platform. That necessitated the need for Mobos in the first place.

“Fast forward to now. Not only do we have a platform for British R&B, British hip-hop, Afro beats and everything else, but it’s taking over the world. It’s taking over the world.”

“It’s great, as an OG person, to see this celebration.”

Knight said she thinks the most exciting artist to emerge recently is Ray, who was nominated but was not present at Wednesday’s awards ceremony.

She said: “There are many works that do not get their due.

“She’s been working and working as a songwriter for a long time. Finally, she’s breaking through. And she’s not just breaking through. She’s ruling all over the world. Which is extraordinary.”

“This wouldn’t have happened when I first started. I’m just amazed by what you’re doing.”

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