UKRnb.com takes a look at the MOBO Awards


20 years ago the UK was gratefully introduced to the MOBO Awards, an organisation focusing on music of black origin.

Established and founded by Kanya King, she came up with the concept from her bedroom- office; she made it her mission to bring equality to the music industry.

The inspirational entrepreneur solely funded the project by re-mortgaging her house and was made a MBE in 1999 for her success.

Over the years the show has brought us remarkable performances from superstars like 50 Cent, Amy Whinehouse, Janet Jackson, Mary J Bilge, Destiny’s Child and many more astonishing international acts from the urban genre.

The show has helped change the way the media looks at urban music and has helped it elevate to a mainstream level, enabling them to branch out of the UK and their comfort zone.

The award show has been held in numerous iconic venues all over the country since 1996, and this year they’re heading up to Scotland again for the 4th time, taking over Glasgow in November to give us a night to remember.

The ceremony has awarded artists such as Jessie J, Tinnie Tempah, Krept & Konan and Rita Ora as best newcomers, playing a major contribution to their now worldwide known careers.

With the UK’s music scene evolving and growing every year, we must thank platforms like the MOBO’s that have made it clear to the media that urban originated music should get the respect its earned.

MOBO launched the “#RiseWithUs” season last year for their 20th anniversary, which features events, cultural and educational in the run up to the award show.

These events range from over all creative arts and industries.

After successfully helping the music industry’s diversity issues, MOBO’s have decided to venture into the talent that comes from black culture in film, theatre, art and fashion, working alongside different partners.

Its aim is to join all creative industries together to grow and inspire others. The scheme also provides opportunities for rising music entrepreneurs and for future generations to come.

Along with the “#RiseWithUs season”, “MOBO UnSung” (supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England) is another programme that was implemented in 2012 to help new talents.

The competition for unsigned artist offers opportunities to unsigned and undiscovered budding artists, but goes the extra mile by helping them career wise – guidance, opportunities, studio time and introduction to relevant helpful contacts.

It offers industry seminars and workshops to help the up and coming artists.

The programme has given us amazing talent. In 2012 Jacob banks, 2014 we saw MOBO Unsung, release to the world soul child Tiana Major9 and Liverpool R&B boyband winners Mic Lowry who went on to win a BET award.

We the public vote for the finalists, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the MOBO website and on social media and check out the talent.

The line up to the shows 21st birthday bash is yet to be revealed, however we can expect big things like the previous years.

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