Sampha Wins Mercury Prize 2017 For 'Process'

15 September, 2017, 06:40 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

'I feel like I'm dreaming a little bit, this is incredible, thank you guys so much, ' he said.

The Mercury Prize showcases a range of music genres by celebrating the best album by a British or Irish artist each year, picking a victor from a shortlist of 12.

Fellow British-Sierra Leonean, Idris Elba, was there to present him with the award.

The 28-year-old Sampha Sisay is a British singer, songwriter and record producer from Morden, South London.

The singer snagged the coveted United Kingdom prize-awarded to the best British album of the year-for his acclaimed debut album Process.

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Previous winners to appear on the 2017 list include The xx, who won with their self-titled debut album in 2010, and alt-J, who took home the prize in 2012.

In the United Kingdom, there is no more prestigious award in music than the Mercury Prize. Also representing the indie genre in 2017 were The Big Moon, with their debut Love In The 4th Dimension, while this year's jazz-related nominees were Dinosaur, a four-piece ensemble led by trumpet player Laura Jurd.

After accepting the trophy and the £25,000 prize money, he then played a second performance of (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano to a standing ovation. "I'd like to dedicate this award to my parents...they just wanted to give us the best upbringing possible".

The 2016 Mercury Prize went to grime hip-hop artist Skepta, for his album Konnichiwa in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre.

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