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Shakka, Faithchild and Binker & Moses win MOBOs at pre-show

WINNER: West London singer Shakka holds up his Best R&B/Soul MOBO

IT WAS a night of celebration and honours as music stars from the world of R&B, jazz and gospel descended on southwest London for the inaugural MOBO pre-awards show.

The event, which comes one week before the main awards show in Leeds on November 4, gave special attention to categories omitted from the live broadcast, which included Best R&B/Soul, Best Gospel and Best Jazz.

In a room packed with nominees from these categories and media and celebrities alike, guests were treated to performances from Mic Lowry, a five-piece boyband from Liverpool, the Hackney Colliery Band, X Factor star Misha B, R&B duo Dora Martin and gospel stars Annastasia Baker and Lurine Cato.

Binker & Moses, a saxophone and drums duo from London, were the first to pick up their award for Best Jazz.

The boys, who have been working together for two years, are best known for making up the drums portion of singer Zara McFarlane's band.

Following their win, Zara tweeted: "Congrats to my boys @Mosesboydexodus and #binker! I knew you'd win! You deserve it. #demones! @MOBOAwards."


ALL THAT JAZZ: Duo Binker and Moses walked away with the Best Jazz Gong

Rapper Faithchild reigned supreme in the Best Gospel category, thanking "the Man above" and his family for the win.

"I thank God, first and foremost for this award. Family, friends and the church," he said when collecting his award.

Faithchild, whose sophomore album Airbourne peaked at No.5 in the official Christian and Gospel Chart this year, later wrote on Twitter: "We did it! Thank you @MOBOAwards."

The biggest cheer of the night came when west London-born singer, songwriter and producer, Shakka, was named Best R&B/Soul winner.

Shakka, who provided the vocals for rapper Wretch 32's Blackout in 2013, looked visibly shocked when he took to the podium to collect his award and give an impassioned speech.


YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE FAITH: Rapper Faithchild is all smiles after reigning supreme in the gospel category

"... I actually won ...," was his simple, yet telling post on Twitter later.

A night of entertainment was rounded off by UK soul stars Mica Paris and Omar.

“Queen #micaparis showing us all how it’s done. YES!!!,” singer Kele Le Roc, who was in attendance, wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a video of Paris mid song.

“I’ve got to thank all of the performers,” MOBO founder Kanya King said during her speech towards the end of the night. “And I also want to thank the media that support R&B, jazz and gospel.”

She also paid special tribute to Tokunbo Oyelola, the founder of events and management company, Black Grape Global, who organised the event “at a moment’s notice”.

Calling the young entrepreneur on stage, King said: “Thank you for all of your hard work, T. You pulled all of this together at a moment’s notice and it’s been a great night.”


GUEST OF HONOUR: MOBO founder Kanya King addresses the crowd

She later told The Voice: “Twenty years ago MOBO set out to create an international platform which would change the music industry, help represent a diverse range of music that was unrecognised and give a platform to emerging talent which would then go on to achieve global success.

“This event is not destined to be a one-off so I look forward to shining a spotlight on future talent for years to come.”

The MOBO Awards take place on November 4 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. It will be broadcast on ITV2.

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