Young Fathers beat the odds to win this year’s Barclaycard Mercury prize

Beat bookies favourites FKA Twigs


A Scottish trio made up of a Liberian, Nigerian and Scottish band members have scooped this year’s Barclaycard Mercury prize to the surprise of many. The award is given to the best British or Irish album released in the last 12 months.

Young Fathers– an alternate Hip Hop group comprising of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham “G” Hasting beat the favourites FKA twigs and spoken word artist and rapper Kate Tempest, both of whom had been hugely tipped to win the coveted prize at the Roundhouse in North London.

Their album ‘Dead‘ has only sold 2, 386 copies in the UK and was the lowest selling album of the 11 nominated, but the judges for the obviously believed the group deserved the award regardless.

Their album is very catchy and reflects the eclectic mix of influences of the singers with words like ‘Mami Water’ not totally unexpected given that some of the tracks could have been mistaken by one performed by 2Face given the distinctive Afropop vibe (like Romance), while others wouldn’t look out of place in  a Chris Brown album.

The Edinburgh band who got together after meeting at a gig at 16 will be taking home a £20, 000 prize money. The unassuming trio said they were going to use the money to get back into the studio to record more songs.

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