British rapper Dave has thanked his brother in jail, after winning the annual Mercury Prize for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act.
The London talent said the story of his winning album, Psychodrama, was inspired by the therapy received by his brother, who was jailed for life.
So glad that journalists acknowledge his inspiring talent. So important in showing people that rap can be an absolutely positive, powerful and inspiring. Thank you @jamesbenge, and thank you @Santandave1 for my album of the year! #Psychodrama https://t.co/d3eUibGxK3— BavarianGooner (@BavarianGunner) September 19, 2019
This album is a masterpiece. I may as well say now that it has been huge for me hearing someone as admirable as @Santandave1 talk about mental health and therapy so openly. Dave is a phenom, just the man we need in this country now. https://t.co/g58Xqf8oXQ— James Benge (@jamesbenge) September 19, 2019
From a shortlist of 12 artists, whose work communicates strong messages on politics, the environment, gender and race, Dave's family reflection was the pick of 2019.
Dave, full name David Omoregie, shared a hug with his mother as he accepted the award, and thanked his sibling.
"I want to thank my brother Christopher. Even though you can't be here with us today, I know you are watching this bro."
Christopher Omoregie was jailed for a knife attack in 2013.
Another contender Slowthai raised eyebrows at the event, bringing an effigy of Boris Johnson's head on stage and declaring "f*** Boris Johnson".
The Mercury Prize carries an award of 25 thousand pounds ($A 46,000).
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