Celebrations for the 18th anniversary of the MOBO awards began yesterday with the anoouncement that Stooshe and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B will be performing at this year’s ceremony which takes place in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
Jazzie B, who was given an award at the first ever MOBO ceremony along with the rest of Soul II Soul remembered the honour fondly saying:
Thank you MOBO for Soul II Soul’s first ever UK award way back in ’96! We had been in the UK industry for a while before we were awarded for Soul II Soul’s achievements and MOBO was the one that recognised this. It was an iconic moment for Soul II Soul.
Stooshe also made a note on their involvement on commemorating the 18th year since the beginning of the first British awards ceremony which celebrate music of black origin:
It’s such an honour to be celebrating 18 years of MOBO Awards success. Our appearance at the show last year was truly instrumental in building our profile and music careers and we are really looking forward to this year’s anniversary event at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. It’s gonna be an amazing celebration!
Rudimental and Iggy Azalea have also been confirmed to take part in this year’s event which will happen in October.
Founder Kanya King made a note of the award ceremony’s achievements and her thoughts on far it has come:
MOBO turning 18 is a huge achievement and a special time for us. Starting an awards’ ceremony which has changed the industry, helped represent a diverse range of music that’s at the heartbeat of youth culture and given a platform to emerging talent which has then gone on to achieve global and commercial success, is something to be proud of and we will continue to build a positive legacy that can be enjoyed by various generations.