Skepta beats favourite David Bowie for Mercury Prize

Grime musician Skepta has rather surprising the prestigious British Mercury Prize won. He received the award for his fourth album, Konnichiwa.

Skepta at Glastonbury © AFP

The London-based musician who is a form of hiphop fanatic, was far from the favourite for the prize which him £ 25,000 richer.

The late David Bowie was the big favorite with his album ‘Blackstar’.

Musician Jarvis Cocker, who was part of the jury, said that between those two was gone, but that the judges decided that “as Bowie down would look” he then Skepta as the winner had wanted to see.

The jury described the music of Skepta, according to the Associated Press as a “confident, funny, smart, frightening, personal and political”.

In his acceptance speech said the winner: “We did this for ourselves, but the love is appreciated”.

The other finalists were, among others, Radiohead and Anohni.

The Mercury Prize, founded in 1992, is limited to musicians and groups from Britain and Ireland.

The choices are sometimes noticeable, such as now.

Grime is described as the British version of Gangsta Rap.


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