A number of Nigerian Afrobeats artists, including Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Davido, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Rema, and Wizkid, have been named as nominees for this year's Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, which will be broadcast live on YouTube at 7 p.m. GMT on December 9, 2020.
Master KG, NSG, Afro B, Stonebwoy, and Shattawale are among the other African artists who made the Best African Act cut. However, MOBO launched the category in collaboration with Afrozons, an American-based developer of the popular HIPTv show "How Far With Sheila O."
On December 6, 2020, Afrozons with Sheila O will dedicate an entire episode to the MOBO Awards. This, according to Sheila O, will feature music from all of the Best African Act candidates, as well as possible interviews with some of this year's nominees and more.
Maya Jama and Chunkz will host the MOBO Awards, the UK's biggest celebration of Black music and culture, which will be live-streamed exclusively on YouTube at 7 p.m. GMT and broadcast on BBC One at 10.45 p.m. GMT, with special highlights available on BBC iPlayer the same night and supporting content in BBC Sounds.
Starting on Sunday, December 6 (9-10pm), BBC Radio 1Xtra will broadcast a special 1Xtra Talks show hosted by Richie Brave that will look back at the last 24 years of MOBO history and examine how music has developed and evolved over the last two decades. Then, on Wednesday, December 9th (7-9pm), DJ Target will devote his show to the MOBO Awards 2020, with special performances and conversations with some of this year's finalists.
The 90-minute awards show will honor the greatest of African-American culture in music and entertainment. The Awards will be a lively and energetic occasion full with wonderful surprises, as they always are.
This year, however, a strong vein of cultural purpose and social commentary will run through the ceremony as we articulate a vision of the world as it is, as well as as we want it to be. This is a year in which so many voices have been raised higher than ever before – in protest, in mourning, and in celebration of the incredible contributions that black culture has made all over the world. MOBO continues to believe in the ability of culture to unite people.
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