Report: Tracey Popoola | Subbing: Claudia Jackson Grime artist Stormzy leads this year, followed by newcomer J Hus This year’s MOBO Award nominations have finally been announced, and Stormzy is the front-runner with five nominations, including best grime act, best male and best video. ‘Did You See’ Rapper J Hus closely follows behind with four nominations, whilst female artists Stefflon Don and Jorja Smith both have three. The MOBOs, which was founded in 1996 by CEO, Kanya King MBE, celebrates music of black origin in the UK, and also uses this awards show to celebrate the growth of influential genres that have been birthed within the last 15 years, including Afro-beats and Grime. The awards ceremony will be taking place at Leeds First Direct Arena on 29 November.
Words: Stella Akinwumi | Subbing: Isabella Dawe On the 13th November 2017, singer/music producer Alex Aiono performed a sold out set at the O2 Academy Islington. 'Voice of London' went to go see Alex in action. Pop/R&B duo Misunderstood were the opening act for the show and performed their singles 'Juicy Fruit', 'Sucka' and 'Ghetto Style' which was their first proper release. They effortlessly got the crowd energised by their choreography sequences and consistent engagement with fans. Pausing the set to talk to the excitable crowd, Alex said, " Thank you so much to everyone in this building right now, this is my second sold out show in London, without you this wouldn't have been possible."Before performing his hit single 'Work the Middle' he added, "The level of energy I'm feeling
Words: Sal Fasone | Subbing: Lavinia Petrucci We interviewed Justin Mylo ahead of his first ever UK show in London. He told us about the struggles of being an artist, how to make the perfect track and coping with success at a young age. When we walked into his hotel, Justin Mylo was waiting for us at the lobby. He was relaxed and wouldn't show any sign of stress, I mean you're about to play one of the biggest London venue, Brixton Academy, how can you be so chill? I've just found out it's a huge venue, I didn't really know (laughs). But once we walk into his room he tells us all about his feelings, the way he started his career and the struggles new artists may find along the way if they want their music to be successful. He's here to open for his long-time friend Martin Garri