Launched in 1996, by founder and CEO Kanya King MBE, the MOBO Awards were the first awards show in Europe to celebrate urban music. In their sixteen year history, the MOBO Awards have, undoubtedly, played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.
Senegalese Mouride musician Cheikh Lo.
Nigerian superstar D'Banj.
Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara.
South African house music duo Liquideep.
Owiny Sigoma Band, a UK-Kenyan collaborative group.
Seun Kuti, who follows in the musical footsteps of his father, Fela Kuti, the pioneer of Afrobeat.
Malian band SMOD who fuse rap and hip hop with folk and traditional music.
Vieux Farka Touré, guitarist and singer from Mali, son of the legendary Ali Farka Touré.
And finally, party music artist Wizkid, from Nigeria.