Three 2013 MOBO award nominations for Croydon
Croydon continues to be a hotbed of musical talent after three musicians received MOBO music award nominations.
Former Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College student Lianne La Havas, hip hop duo Krept and Konan and African musician Frank Cobbinah have all been nominated at the Music of Black Origin Awards.
Rappers Karl Wilson and Casvo Johnson, aka Krept and Konan, have been nominated in the best newcomer category. They also debuted in the album charts this week at number 19 with Young Kingz.
It has been an emotional time for Mr Wilson who released a tribute song for his murdered stepfather Carlton Ned who was shot at his home in Thornton Heath in July 2011.
The track, called My Story, has clocked up nearly 600,000 views on YouTube and Mr Wilson said it was a relief to get nominated for a MOBO award and get in the chart within days of each other.
He said: "I am really happy. It is just crazy to be nominated. "We both put our lives into this and our past experiences shaped the album. There are paths you don’t want to go down and we want to tell that to young people, not to get into gangs."
He added: "I think it is good talent from Croydon is being recognised as well. It opens up doors for everyone to get a shot at chasing their dream of being a musician."
In addition to Krept and Konan, musician Frank ‘Kwame’ Cobbinah aka Atumpan was nominated for Best African Act.
Mr Cobbinah, 26, who hails from Ghana but lives in West Croydon with his family when he is not touring, said it has been a long journey to get recognition for his music, which he says spans a range of genres from dancefloor to deep house.
He said: "It feels really good to be nominated. It came out of nowhere so it was a nice surprise. I started off as a studio boy more than ten years ago so to now have my own music and a nominated is great."
Lastly, Lianne La Havas, who studied in Croydon, has been nominated for the Best Female Act which sees her up against Jessie J, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware and Laura Mvula.
To vote for Croydon’s acts go to mobo.com/voting2013.
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