One artiste who walked away all smiles from the Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBO) Awards 2015 was British musician of Ghanaian descent Fuse ODG. The artiste became a global sensation when he released his single “Antenna” in 2013 featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. Apart from peaking to number 7 on the UK singles chart, “Antenna” also placed the musician firmly on the global hip hop and Afrobeats map.
This year’s MOBO Awards, which was held last night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds – UK, saw the Afrobeats artiste winning the Best African Act for the third consecutive time. Although based in the UK, Fuse ODG has worked hard to stay relevant to the Afrobeats world and his unique style shows he is in touch with his roots. His hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed by the global music industry and the MOBO awards panel. Receiving the award excited ODG said: ‘You guys already know that I’m doing this for my people. Big up to everyone in Africa…I want to big up all the Afrobeat artistes who’re working hard to come up…I want to thank God for everything…I want to thank my mum as well. I love everyone…this is a new Africa.’
In what appeared to be a contest between Ghana and Nigeria, the Best African Act category was keenly contested by Davido, AKA, Shatta Wale and Wizkid. The MOBO Awards, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, featured a short film ‘MOBO Manifesto: Rise With Us’ directed by award winning filmmaker Nadav Kander.
British actor and presenter Sir Lenny Henry was presented the ‘MOBO Paving The Way Award’ for championing the cause of the black race in the UK. American singer and songwriter CeeLo Green wasn’t left out as he also received the Outstanding Achievement Awards.
With performances from Rita Ora, Krept & Konan and Fuse ODG, the MOBO awards 2015 whipped up a lot of excitement in the audiences at the First Direct Arena and those at home.
A List of MOBO Award Winners
Best Hip Hop Act – Krept & Konan
Best Grime Act – Stormzy
Best African Act – Fuse ODG
Best New Comer – Section Boys
Best Male Act – Stormzy
Best Female Act – Ella Eyre
Best Song – Skepta
Best Video – FKA Twigs
Best Album – Krept & Konan