Review: MOBO Pre Awards Show

There was a buzz around Stamford Bridge; the home of Chelsea football club, on Tuesday night but there is no army of blue and white wearing fans to be seen or heard. There aren't any animated stewards, nor is the ground open.

Annexed next to the stadium is 'Under The Bridge;' an intimate live venue that draws inspiration from classic Blues & Jazz settings. On this bitterly chilly evening the queue; numbering a few hundred, has snaked along the side of the building and pasted the metal barriers inteded to pen them in.

It’s loud and manic on the door with guests being filtered towards a red carpet where two men with heavy cameras blind them with intense flashes. After, the guests head down a grand flight of carpeted stairs and there in front of them the venue opens out like the vast English channel on the edges of Dover's chalky cliffs.

The MOBO’s first Pre Award Show was put together to celebrate the nominees and subsequently announce the winners for Best Jazz, Gospel and R&B/Soul. Regardless; 'Under The Bridge' was filled with hundreds from across the entire industry.

Minutes before MOBO Founder Kanya King took to the stage; under a barrage of applause and cheers, she took a moment to admire the turnout.

The big full smiles staring up at host Marvin Winans JR, the production crew busying themselves with the evenings smooth running and the huge MOBO insignia; blocked in bold silver and shrouded in a red background, that was being projected onto the back of the stage.

Next to her was Lemar who himself stood next to Courtney Pine, who stood next to Etta Bond. It was evening that extended beyond handing out three awards but instead was a celebration of who and what MOBO has and will continue to champion and represent.

Here’s a full recap of what went down:

Shakka opened the red carpet!

And it quickly filled up: 

MOBO Unsung Winners opened the show with a stunning performance!

The legendary Marvin Winans Jr. was our host for the evening..


A nice little introduction from Marvin Winans Jr #MOBOpreshow

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And he couldn't stop himself from testing his vocals!

Courtney Pine delivered an amazing performance!


Courtney Pine showing off his skills. Whhaaaa! #MOBOpreshow

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Finally it was time for some awards, with the first gong of the night going to Binker & Moses for Best Jazz Act! They were clearly overjoyed!

The pair were visibly ecstatic and piled through hugs and hello's, eventually dragging themselves upstairs to the photo booth where they celebrated some more. The picture was taken minutes after they collected their award and neither Binker nor Moses had fully digested what had just happened. They spent a few moments looking at their new trophy before posing for the picture above.

Shortly after it was at time for Best Gospel. The winner was Faith Child, who a few moments earlier had graced the stage for a performance with Christina Matovu. He delivered an impassioned acceptance speech which we captured on camera!


Congratulations to @faithchild for winning the Best Gospel Act! #MOBOpreshow

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The final award of the night went to Shakka who scooped the prize for Best R&B/Soul. The room erupted in cheers when his name was announced and though he was taken aback, Shakka managed to pull himself to the stage.

It felt like a defining moment for an artist we're sure will have a long illustrious career.

Watch his reaction below:




Posted by Shakka on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

And with that the evening drew to a close. The first Pre Awards Show, over for another year at least. Now we begin the countdown to November 4th!



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