Perhaps the organizers and founders of Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards have changed their mission/focus—and they are yet to inform us.
Before we get their new mission statement, we kindly ask that they should not also forget to change the name of their award scheme from Music of Black Origin (MOBO) to something else, because what they did last night was disrespectful to the Afrobeat genre, which is the biggest selling Black Music genre in the UK—currently.
MOBO is UK based and it is believe to have been instituted to award excellence mainly in areas of Music of Black origin (urban music). It is therefore pathetic that even though Afrobeats has its largest accepted audience in the UK after Africa—and it is the biggest selling black music in the UK today, the presentation of the Best Africa Act award (let’s say the Afrobeat category) was not televised.
Shocking, DJ Abrantee who has a huge influence in the Afrobeat ‘market’ in the UK gladly took part in the non-televised presentation. He should have rejected to be part of the gross disrespect that was shown to the genre, considering how hard together with others like Fuse ODG they’ve worked to put various Afrobeat songs on the ipods of many UK based music lovers.
Though Fuse ODG who won the 2014 MOBO Best African Act award was not around to pick up his plaque, he took to twitter to express his disappointment in relation to the Best Africa Act category presentation having NOT been televised.
It seems MOBO Awards has joined the annual BET Awards in what can be best described as; subjecting Africa musicians and their main genre to contempt despite their …