Published On: Thu, Sep 19th, 2019

Dave wins Mercury Prize on politically-charged awards night | Ents & Arts News

Rapper Dave has won this year’s Mercury Prize at a politically-charged awards ceremony in London.

The south London star picked up the gong for his debut album Psychodrama, which was released in March.

Dave, 21, brought his mother with him on stage to accept the award and hugged and thanked her, as well as his criminal brother Christopher who is serving a life sentence for a knife attack in 2013.

He also thanked God and said the story of Psychodrama was inspired by the therapy received by his sibling.

Dave won the 2018 Mercury Prize for his debut album Psychodrama

He said: “I want to thank God. I want to thank everyone, my mum.

“I want to thank my brother Christopher. Even though you can’t be here with us today, I know you are watching this bro.”

Born in the capital to Nigerian parents, Dave – whose full name is David Orobosa Omoregie – is the youngest of three brothers.

His two older siblings have both served time in prison, which the rapper alludes to in his music.

The Mercury award is given for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act and brings with it a £25,000 prize.

Dave made headlines at this year’s Glastonbury when he invited teenager Alex Mann to join him on stage to rap along to his hit Thiago Silva and the clip went viral.

Slowthai with the Boris Johnson dummy mask

Meanwhile during his performance at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Thursday night, fellow award nominee and rapper slowthai punched the air with a dummy mask of the prime minister before screaming “f*** Boris” and adding “there’s nothing great about Britain”.

The audience responded with rapturous applause as slowthai left the stage.

Meanwhile, the band Foals held up a climate change banner which read “No music on a dead planet”.

Slowthai was nominated for his album Nothing Great About Britain, which casts a critical eye over life in the modern UK.

He was one of 12 acts whose work was shortlisted for the 2019 Mercury Prize.

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