08 Nov 2017 8:34 PM
  • Press Release


The third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show will be held in London on Monday 20 November. The red carpet gala event, hosted by YolanDa Brown and China Moses, will be taking place at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, this year. A limited amount of tickets are now on sale through the Boisdale website. Ticket price includes a three-course meal. To book, please visit: http://bit.ly/2zp1R8V .


World-class performers confirmed to perform on the night include: neo-soul singer Floacist (one-half of Grammy-nominated duo Floetry), reggae artist Kiko Bun, award-winning French jazz pianist Tony Tixier, jazz/soul singer Zara McFarlane(who won Best Jazz Act in the 2014 MOBO Awards), R&B/soul singer Rachel Kerr (former MOBO Award winner for Best Gospel Act) and soul singer Josh Daniel (who appeared on the 2015 X Factor).


Rapidly establishing itself as one of the most eagerly anticipated nights in the calendar for fans of R&B, soul, jazz, blues, gospel music and reggae – The Pre-MOBO Awards Show, last year hosted by Lemar and China Moses, saw unforgettable performances by Ayanna Witter Johnson, Bill Laurance & Mike Aremu, Rumer, Guvna B, Moelogo, Temi Dollface, Volney Morgan & New Ye, and Shaun Escoffery. Highlights include Grammy Award-winning soul music legend Maxwell presenting the Best R&B/Soul Act award to Shakka.


The inaugural event in 2015 saw legendary artists like Courtney Pine, Mica Paris and Omar taking the stage. It is, quite unmistakably, an unmissable night for music lovers.


Winners for the 2017 MOBO Awards for Best R&B/Soul, Best Jazz, Best Gospel and Best Reggae acts will be announced in the evening.


This year’s nominees are:


Supported by Mi-Soul

Craig David

Jorja Smith






Supported by Jazz FM

Cleveland Watkiss

Daymé Arocena

Moses Boyd

Mr Jukes

Terrace Martin



Supported by Premier Gospel

Lurine Cato

Mali Music


Triple O

Volney Morgan & New-Ye






Damian Marley



This year’s Best R&B/Soul Act category (supported by Mi-Soul) is teeming with outstanding world-class British talent. All eyes are on hotly-tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith, who is up for three prestigious nominations including Best Female and Best Newcomer; and Mercury Prize-winner Sampha who is also up for Best Male and Best Album for “Process”. As well as claiming a stake in this highly-coveted category, both Nao and Ray BLK are also nominated for Best Female Act. This is comeback king Craig David’s third nomination in this category – he won Best R&B Act in 2000.


This year’s Best Jazz Act category (supported by Jazz FM) is represented by a diverse set of innovative musicians. Critically acclaimed British vocalist and actor Cleveland Watkiss, who has performed with everyone from The Who to Stevie Wonder and Björk, earns his first MOBO nomination. Cuban pianist and singer Daymé Arocena, American producer/multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin, and Mr Jukes (aka Jack Steadman – frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club) also receive a nod. This is London-born Moses Boyd’s second nomination for Best Jazz Act – he previously won the award in 2015 as part of the drum-and-sax duo Binker & Moses.


The Best Gospel Act category (supported by Premier Gospel) sees strong competition from London-based vocalist Lurine Cato (who took home this award in 2013), Grammy-nominated singer Mali Music, Nigerian Christian rapper S.O, East London gospel rapper Triple O (who won this award in 2011), and the vibrant group Volney Morgan & New-Ye.


This year’s Best Reggae Act category sees strong competition from Aidonia, Alkaline and Chronixx battling it out against Damian Marley and Popcaan, who walked away with the coveted prize last year.